By Marco Braschi ‘19
In basketball, starting out the season strong is very important. As a coach, strong starts are what you ask of your team. The Brother Rice basketball team did just that.
The Crusaders opened the season with a win over Plainfield South. Marquise Kennedy’s record-breaking 41 points set the tone for the next upcoming games. Following the season opener, the Crusaders improved to a record of 5-0, beating Crete-Monee, Lincoln Way East, Harlan Academy, and Montini.
The next task was at hand – St. Rita. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Crusaders traveled down to rival St. Rita. A lot of preparation and game planning was done for this game. Head Coach Bobby Frasor said, “The game plan was to put their big guys into a high ball screen situation with Marquise if they had played man-to-man. They came out in a zone defense. We did a great job of attacking the zone and hit seven threes in the first quarter alone.”
Basketball is a game of runs. The turning point of a game is usually a run. Coach Frasor said, “The turning point of the game was when we went up ten in the second quarter. They ended the quarter with a 9-0 run, so now we only have a one-point lead going into halftime. They came out and went on a 5-0 run to start the fourth quarter. That 14-0 run really flipped the game against us.” The Crusaders were unable to bounce back, losing 66-60. The Mustangs handed the Crusaders their first loss of the season, giving Brother Rice a 5-1 record.
Losses aren’t fun; they suck. However, losses allow a team to figure out what went wrong and fix it. It’s a learning experience.
“I think one thing we learned was that every possession matters. When we watch film, we see even the little things that lead to points for the other team. Everything matters and if we want to be a championship team, we have to not give up easy baskets,” said Coach Frasor.
On Friday, Dec. 7, the Crusaders hope to bounce back as they take on the Knights of Providence St. Mel.