Undefeated WCA boys host one-loss Holy Cross in showdown tonight

WCA’s Marquan Watson goes to the basket against Holy Cross’ DeAndre Wallace in a 2017
game. Watson and Wallace meet up again tonight at WCA in a 7 p.m. showdown
between the Spartans and Crusaders. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)

The Waterbury Career Academy boys are off to a terrific 5-0 start, punctuated by a 91-39 road win over Watertown.
The Spartans have survived one test, a 73-69 victory at Crosby. 
The next test awaits tonight at 7 at home. Holy Cross (5-1) is the opponent, and it should be a great game.
The Spartans and Crusaders played a pair of two-point games in the 2016-17 regular season. Holy Cross won 56-54 at WCA in the first meeting, but the Spartans returned the favor 75-73 at The Pit.
Holy Cross lost 75-67 at Sacred Heart on Jan. 3. Since then, the Crusaders have run past Kennedy and Ansonia to get to 5-1. Hearts transfer Mikey West has been a solid addition to a lineup that already included Nyzair Rountree and DeAndre Wallace. When Holy Cross gets Marcellus Gomes back from injury, it will be that much more dangerous. Jack Greene has also been out with an injury.
Kyle Moser has scored in double digits and provides an inside presence for the Crusaders.
WCA’s lone close game was against Crosby. The Spartans have won their other four games by 30.5 points per contest. Marquan Watson has been a double-double machine for WCA. Jadan Battle and Matt Torres have been catalysts in the backcourt, and Chad McKoy and Jessah Doctor have been solid around the basket. There’s also been contributions from Langstun Racine and Jacharyus Bynum, giving the Spartans a solid seven.
The game is at WCA, so get there early if you want a seat.