XRDS — Looks like Crossroads’ boys’ basketball team is finding its chemistry.

Coming off the Roadrunners’ first three-gaming losing streak of the season, Crossroads was able to get back on the winning track with a 71-60 victory over California Academy of Math & Science Wednesday on campus.

“This works for me,” Head Coach Kevin Jackson said of ending the losing streak. “Always better to end a skid before the end [of the season].”

The Roadrunners were again led by senior guard Luke Shmuger, who scored 20 points. Forward Gyasi Williams added 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also threw down “a monster dunk” that Jackson said helped sway momentum Crossroads’ way.

The win improves Crossroads, ranked No. 8 in the latest California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division 5AA poll, to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in Delphic League play. Crossroads is currently tied with Calvary Chapel for third place in league. Three teams from the Delphic will receive automatic berths in the playoffs.

Crossroads was playing without starting center Leo Abbe-Schneider, who is studying abroad for the remainder of the season. Tommy Nowels was efficient at backup, scoring 9 points.

Despite being smaller than the 6-foot-5 Abbe-Schneider, Jackson likes the dynamic Nowels brings to the team. Jackson said that his superior ball-handling skills give the Roadrunners another player who can bring the ball up the court allowing Shmuger more room to roam looking for his shot.

Next for Crossroads is a Delphic League matchup with Kilpatrick on Friday at home. That game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


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