Throughout the first half, it seemed as if the road trip, coupled with the loud Ogden fans, were taking their toll on Coon Rapids-Bayard.
That toll reversed throughout the second half as Coon Rapids-Bayard was able to gain their shots and keep the Ogden fan noise down. That worked as Coon Rapids-Bayard was able to gain a 63-49 victory on the district semifinals to advance just two games away from the State tournament.
For the Crusaders, the win was their second-consecutive upset victory.
Over the course of the first half, the Crusaders were limited to just 20 points. The only thing that kept them in the game was the fact that Ogden only managed to score 25 points.
Throughout the third quarter, the Crusaders were able to chip away at the lead of Ogden, twice getting the ball game down to a one-possession game.
Ogden’s shots weren’t falling much, and Coon Rapids-Bayard took a one-point lead midway through the third quarter.
After a few minutes of the lead bouncing between the two teams, the Crusaders extended their lead. By the end of the third quarter, the lead belonged to the Crusaders, 41-39.
Over the final eight minutes, Ogden would add just seven points to their side of the scoreboard; meanwhile, the Crusaders seemingly scored at will with 22 points scored in the final frame.
Junior Tanner Oswald led the Crusaders with 24 points. He added six rebounds. Gabe Obert finished with 16 points. Josue Ramirez was credited with a dozen points. Easton Hays scored six points, and Lance Clayburg finished with five points.
Coon Rapids-Bayard will take on Grand View Christian, the No. 2-ranked team in class 1A, in the district final. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at Woodward-Granger.