"They are a good team, it was a tough matchup for us. They're just a more talented team than we're used to playing," Hinton coach David May said.
The Crusaders had control of the game from the sound of the opening buzzer and slowly but steadily pulled away from the Blackhawks.
"We had our chances early and we missed them," May said.
As the game went on, his team committed some costly turnovers that Heelan turned into easy points.
By the end of the first quarter, the Blackhawks were down 20-12.
"The game could have been tied or a one or two point game," May said. "We missed a couple shots underneath and then they started trapping us a little bit. We weren't prepared for it."
Missed shots and turnovers continued to be a problem for Hinton in the second stanza. The Crusaders had no such issues and took a 42-21 lead into halftime.
After the break, the Blackhawks shot the ball better but could not gain any ground on Heelan, who continued to be effective on offense.
Hinton was outscored 20-16 in the third period and found itself down 62-37 going into the final eight minutes.
The outcome of the game was certain at this point, but the Crusader reserves continued to attack the basket and scored 13 points in the game's closing stages while holding the Blackhawks to seven.
"We lost by 31 and we still did a lot of good things," May said. "It's just that the bad things tend to outweigh the good things. We have to make sure to eliminate the bad things."
Jason Vander Kooi led scoring for Hinton with 18 points.
He was followed by Logan Jurgensmeier with 10 points for the Blackhawks and Drew Schiltz with six.
Defensively, Jurgensmeier and Grady Farrer finished the night with four rebounds each. Vander Kooi grabbed three boards.
With the loss, the Blackhawks drop to an overall record of 9-7. They will host Newell-Fonda on Thursday.
"They have some decent players for sure but I think we'll match up better against them than we did against Heelan," May said.