By Nolan Navarrete ‘24

On Feb. 10, the Brother Rice varsity basketball team participated in the “border battle” showdown. The Crusaders traveled to Racine, WI, to take on a very talented Verona High School team.

The game was set on two halves, each containing 18 minutes. There was no shot clock, just like an ordinary game in the Catholic League.

Coming off a huge win over 4th ranked team Mount Carmel, the Crusaders were at an all-time stretch of momentum. Last year, the win over the Caravan gave them pride, but they quickly threw it away with a loss to Lemont High School.

Senior Cale Cosme said, “Last year, we lost to a less skilled team after defeating the Caravan. We were all set on the common goal of starting and not letting that happen once again.”

After the opening tip, the Crusaders came out firing on all cylinders. Junior Caden Workman swished a 3-pointer and junior Marcos Gonzales went coast to coast with a layup.

Workman said, “It felt really good to get my shot going right off the bat. It really set the tone for my playstyle for the rest of the game.”

The game dragged on with the long halves and foul calls, so it was a high scoring game down the stretch. With both teams getting in foul trouble, the Crusader captains needed to step up. Cosme, Gonzales and Fitch took over the game, showing Verona what Catholic League basketball is all about.

The Crusaders won the contest by a score of 91-83. Fitch had a career night with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Cosme, Workman, Wooten, and Gonzales all tallied on double digit scoring with great assists and efficient defense.

The Crusaders were placed as the 2-seed in the IHSA 3A state playoffs. The regional semi-final will be held on Wednesday night against the winner of Tinley Park High School and Thornridge High School. Good luck to our hooping Crusaders as they look to conclude their season as champions.