By Luke Drew ‘24

On a cold, Friday night on the far south side of Chicago, the Caravan visited the Crusaders in a classic rivalry matchup. The Crusaders made a statement to the whole league that they mean business.

The Crusaders (26-3, 9-1 CCL Blue) and Caravan (26-4, 6-1 CCL Blue) each had five wins straight. Each team was neck and neck through the three quarters.  The first quarter was all tied up at 15 and Rice led 30-29 at halftime.

Senior Cale Cosme said, “We knew we had a one point lead, and we had to try and get stops to start the second half. We talked a lot about how we wanted to win every 50/50 ball, and how the seniors wanted to go out with a bang to end our senior year.”

Neither team held a lead greater than four points through three quarters. Senior Tyler Wooten had a huge three with under a minute left in the third quarter. At the end of the third, the score was 47-45, with the Crusaders leading.

In the fourth quarter, the Crusaders defense was locked in. The game ended in Rice winning 69-59. Every player on the team contributed to the win. Senior Zavier Fitch had a great game with 19 points and 10 rebounds

Senior Zavier Fitch said, “I thought we played really good as a team and defended our home court.”

This was the Caravan’s first loss in the Chicago Catholic Blue this season.

Home court advantage played a main role in the hard earned win on Friday. The Crusader Crazies were cheering all game in their togas, and the game was sold out.

Senior Conor Kenzinger said, “The atmosphere of the Crazies on Friday was truly amazing. It was great seeing students of all ages come out and support the basketball team.”

The Crusaders have a couple games left and are ready to take on the playoffs.