WYOMING — So close. Catholic Central’s boys basketball team had the lead in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t maintain it and dropped a 44-36 decision to Potter’s House on the road Tuesday night in a non-conference game.

The Crusaders didn’t lead by much, only 34-33 and over four minutes still to play when Braden Gustin nailed a 3-point shot from the corner.

Catholic Central used a 12-7 third quarter, fueled by a strong defensive charge, to create an opportunity for the Crusaders to pick up their second win of the season.

Potter’s House outscored the Crusaders, 10-7 in the first quarter and had a 14-11 edge in the second to build a 24-18 lead at the half.

After that 12-7 edge in the third, the Crusaders climbed to within a point, 31-30 heading into the fourth quarter. Potter’s House finished the game with a 13-6 run in the fourth to hold off the Crusaders.

Jaden Johnson had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Sam Kartes added nine points and five rebounds to go with his intense defensive presence.

“We played a quality game against a tough opponent, and have yet to play a home game this season,” said Crusaders coach Rob Recknagel.

Catholic Central fell to 1-6 overall with its third straight loss. The Crusaders are next scheduled to play Friday at Western Michigan Christian.

Check out photos shot by Jacob Szetela.