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Helias’ Collin Caywood takes a shot against Sedalia Smith-Cotton during Tuesday’s game at Racker’s Fieldhouse.

Helias’ Collin Caywood takes a shot against Sedalia Smith-Cotton during Tuesday’s game at Racker’s Fieldhouse. Photo by Jeremy Jardine.

If you wanted to see the definition of “winning ugly,” the Helias boys basketball team offered a crash course Tuesday night.

The Crusaders hit just 5-of-18 free throws — after starting 0-of-9 — and committed 23 turnovers, but were still able to carve out a 47-44 win over Sedalia Smith-Cotton at Rackers Fieldhouse.

But if there was one bright spot in the slugfest, it was the fact the Crusaders had an answer when they needed it the most.

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