By Nolan Navarrete ‘24

On Jan. 19, the Brother Rice varsity basketball team faced a CCL rival DePaul Prep. The Crusaders and Rams have been facing off for a long time, dating back to the former Gordon Tech Rams.

As both teams sit atop the Catholic League, this game had high stakes for both teams. At the time, the two-loss Crusaders looked to capitalize a statement win while the one loss Rams expected a huge win.

Senior Cale Cosme said, “We knew going into this game that a win could keep us high in the conference. We were well prepared to compete at a high level.”

After the opening tip, the Rams went on a run. Even though the Rams had an injured starter, the constant scoring from the Rams senior PJ Chambers had the Crusaders trailing early. The Rams jumped out to a 14-4 lead.

Junior Caden Workman never had a doubt about the Crusaders making a huge comeback.

Workman said, “To beat a team like DePaul Prep, we have to play as hard as we can to the very last second.”

As the game went by, the Crusaders kept chipping away from the large first quarter deficit. Trailing by 3 to 5 points throughout the end of regulation, Workman scored two 3-pointers to help cut the lead.

With minimal time on the clock and down two points, senior Zavier Fitch had to tie the game with a pair of free throws. Fitch knocked down both, forcing an overtime finish.

Despite the comeback, the Rams pulled out a huge Catholic League win 55-46 at the end of overtime. At the conclusion of the game, the Crusaders were then 19-3, as the Rams jumped to 18-1.

Following the loss, the boys responded very well. The Crusaders had a pair of defining wins last week defeating St. Francis and Fenwick.