Such was the case this past Sunday at the Big Apple Classic. In a game played on the campus of Baruch College in Manhattan, Holy Cross defeated Wings Academy, 71-59.
Despite playing without high division one recruit Sylven Landesberg, Holy Cross sliced and carved up the Wings defense for several driving baskets. Holy Cross opened up a 34-24 halftime lead due to some terrific play by Shameel Carty and Blaise French.
Carty finished the game with 24 points and was named the MVP. But French was equally as important too. He scored 14 points, including two three-pointers.
Adding to the balance of the Holy Cross offense was Ernest Freeman, who recorded 15 points and was a factor around the basket as Holy Cross still claimed a third quarter lead at 52-44.
But the lead was only eight points due to Wings' Jamie Harris, who is headed to Drexel after this season. The lefty guard scored 13 points in the third quarter. Harris led his team with 28 points.
Despite the great effort by Harris and a Wings team that never quit, Cross maintained its advantage throughout the final quarter.
Gilvary was all smiles after the game. He should smile. He got big games from several players, including Tim Beinert, who had nine points, and Kayvon Roberts (seven points).
Holy Cross proved they can be a very effective team without its best scoring weapon. And this should make Gilvary's team more confident heading into play in the Catholic League.