Helias boys basketball has opened its season with wins against St. Dominic at home, Smithville at the Norm Stewart Classic, and against Camdenton away last Friday. Going into tonight’s game against Battle, the Crusaders are outscoring their opponent 207-109. Helias has been led by junior Landon Harrison. Harrison comes into tonight’s game, averaging 22.3 points per game from the point guard position. He also adds just under 5 rebounds per game and just over 5 assists per game with a near 5-1 assist-turnover ratio. Harrison is the leading returning scorer from last year’s Final Four team. He totaled 27 points in the Crusaders game at Camdenton on Friday night.
“Things have been going really well for us so far,” said Harrison. “We have been doing an awesome job playing together and as a team. And in these first few games, we’ve had good results. I would say that as long as we continue to improve as a team we can do anything we want this season. We are a young team but also we are very competitive. I think that makes up for what we lack in youth.”
Helias will travel to Columbia tonight and take on Battle at 7:30 p.m. It will be the Crusaders second true road game, but the third game in a row away from Rackers’ Fieldhouse. Battle returns Daviante Ostrander who averaged 15.5 points per game as a junior. Ostrander had 38 points last year against Helias, and shot 50 percent from the field. Battle is coming off a 4-21 season in 2016 and has had trouble early this year. Battle lost 62-68 at Southern Boone on Dec. 8. Helias will travel to Ashland to face Southern Boone on Valentine’s Day.
“There will be some energy in the building tonight,” said senior guard Drew Boesson. “Battle has some players and they will show up to play. Playing in Columbia and coming out with a win is never easy. We are hoping to come out with energy and play hard for four quarters. I hope to see some Rowdies up in Como at 7:30!”
The Crusaders will return home this Friday, Dec. 16, to host Bolivar. The theme for the game will be Ugly Christmas Sweaters.