STEUBENVILLE - Chris Smith sparked a third quarter spurt then Brandon Herring-Hill and Adam Sterling took over in the fourth as Big Red pulled away from Catholic Central in Round 1 of the annual city championship series.
Smith took game scoring honors with 18 points. He had eight in the second quarter and finished the night 9 of 12 from the floor. He also grabbed seven rebounds.
Herring-Hill finished with 14 points and Sterling totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots..
Four Crusaders reached double digits in the loss. Ryan Fletcher led the way with 16. Michael Barber, Brenton Colabella and Matt Martello all had 10. Fletcher pulled down seven rebounds.