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CHAMPAIGN — The Calvary Baptist Academy boys basketball team fell into an early 18-2 hole and was never able to recover as the Crusaders dropped a 59-37 decision to St. Thomas More in a nonconference game Friday.

St. Thomas More (5-1) took a 39-20 lead into intermission and held Calvary Baptist (2-3) to just two points in the third quarter to push its margin to 49-22. Levi Hermer scored a game-high 19 points to lead St. Thomas More while Chris Johnson chimed in with 12 for the Sabers.

"We played a very good ballclub tonight," said Calvary Baptist coach Mike Touma. "Even though we were down 18-2 early, our kids never got down and played hard. The two-point third quarter and 26 percent shooting from the field really hurt."

Junior Tommy Horine scored 12 points to lead Calvary Baptist.

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