The Northside Crusaders made a valiant effort in the State Playoffs a week ago against one of the tournament’s #1 seeds, Dillon Christian. The Crusaders played extremely tough and trailed by 3 points at the end of the first quarter. Dillon built the lead to 10 at the half but Northside hung tough throughout the 2nd half cutting the lead to single digits on multiple occassions. Andy Gwyn provided crucial ball handling to aid the Crusaders in breaking the tough pressure throughout the game. Jeb Reiser and Cory Black led the Crusaders in scoring but it was Freshman Ian Black that provided the biggest spark off the bench in this game grabbing rebounds and taking charges. “Ian played hard as well as our whole team. I’m really proud of our two seniors, Thomas and Cory, building our foundation. This group was a lot of fun to coach and I’m ecstatic that we have 11 of the 13 players on our team today back next year,” stated Coach Jason Harman. Northside played one of the toughest schedules in Class AA this season and notched double digit wins and a playoff berth for the 5th year in a row. The SCISA Basketball State Playoffs just ended this past Saturday with Spartanburg Christian taking home the Class AA State Championship. SCA had beaten the NCA Crusaders in December.
NCA player, Jeb Reiser, was selected by Region II, Class AA for the All-Region basketball team. Reiser was selected last year as a freshman as well and is only the 2nd Crusader basketball player to ever win the award in back to back years. The sophomore will also get to play in the SCISA North-South All-Star Game this Saturday, March 7th in Sumter for the second consecutive year. “Obviously I’m really proud of Jeb for what he’s already accomplished here, and I have high expectations for him to continue to work hard to get even better before next year,” elaborated Coach Harman. “I want to thank Coach Harman and the coaching staff for believing in me and my teammates for putting me in position to have success. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish these things,” stated Reiser.