By Joseph Carroll ‘19
With the annual Maroon and Orange basketball game coming up Nov. 16, the Crusaders are excited for another season of Brother Rice hoops.
After a tough 70-55 loss to Simeon in the sectional semifinals last year, the Crusaders are looking forward to the prospects of a new team and new opportunities.
Head Coach Bobby Frasor is ready to take on this new team. “This team is very different than last year’s team; the only returning player who played meaningful minutes is Marquise Kennedy. Losing Josh Boulanger, who was a great rebounder, Anthony Arquilla, Deandre Hagan, and Joe Fitzgerald are some players who will help fill the rebounding void,” Frasor said.
Frasor is looking forward to the challenges ahead this year. “I am most excited for the challenges that this team will face. If we can improve on the defensive end, we will be successful. This is a team that can score a lot of points; it is just a matter of being able to get stops,” Frasor said.
The players also cannot wait to see what the season has in store. Junior point guard Conor Glennon said, “I am most excited to see what we can accomplish as a team. Everyone knows the talent we have. It is going to be fun to see how we put the pieces together and make a run this season!”
Frasor and the Crusaders still have their eyes on the prize. “We want to win our third consecutive regional state championship. Obviously, we are going to fight for a Catholic League championship, which will be tough as we will play 14 or 15 games in the Catholic League against great teams like St. Rita, Loyola, and DePaul Prep. Ultimately, the main goal of the season is to perform well in the state playoffs and advance as far as we can,” Frasor said.
Good luck to the Crusaders this season on their path to hardwood glory. Brother Rice basketball is back!