With an already-thin roster, Tacoma Baptist could not afford to lose anybody if they wanted to compete against a bigger school. But the Crusaders suffered two key injuries – losing forward Taylor Martindale early in the game and forward Dalton Wintersole in the third quarter – as they could not keep up with Fife in a 57-32 loss on Dec. 29.
Tacoma Baptist took a quick 5-2 lead on Brandon Stoehr’s three-pointer three minutes in, and trailed just 13-11 after the first quarter. But forward Martindale took a hard hit inside and was forced to leave early in the game, and didn’t return. Wintersole tied it 13-13 two minutes into the second quarter, but the Crusaders would be held scoreless the rest of the half as Fife went on a 10-0 run. After Wintersole scored to cut it to 25-17 early in the second half, Fife launched another 10-0 run – with Wintersole injured in the middle of it – and the Trojans held a commanding 40-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Drew Jordan led the Crusaders with 10 points, while Wintersole and Stoehr finished with eight points apiece. Alex Lemoncelli led Fife with 13 points, while Brock Carpenter had 12 points and eight rebounds.