|The Cardinal Ritter junior varsity team avenges an earlier season loss to Crispus Attucks with a 70-58 win.Nearly a month ago, the Raiders dropped their first game of the season to the Tigers by a score of 54-43, but much has changed since December. In the opening round of the Indianapolis City Tournament, Cardinal Ritter used a tenacious defensive effort to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Raiders started the opening quarter forcing turnovers in the backcourt and converting them into easy shots. Anthony Dumes set the tone for the game by tallying 3 steals, 3 assists and scoring 5 points in the first quarter. However, the Tigers turned the quarter around by forcing several turnovers and hitting some difficult shots to tie the game at 12.
This back and forth action carried into the second quarter, but with the quick pace of the game, a deep bench was a crucial factor of this game. Zach Morris came off the bench and netted 7 points in the quarter alone and dished out 4 assists. However, the Tigers carried a 31-30 advantage heading into halftime.
With a breather, the Raiders made their push with the help of their big men in the third quarter. Ben Okafor hit two long balls and Josh Majors knocked down two jumpers, while grabbing 14 rebounds between the two of them to separate the two squads. Cardinal Ritter kept their foot on the gas pedal by forcing 20 turnovers throughout the game and then turning around to make fast break points and recording 15 assists as a team. At the end of three, the away team was leading 49-40.
Cardinal Ritter built upon this energy in the fourth quarter and led by 15 points at a time behind Alex Downard’s team high 13 points. On the other side of the ball, the Tigers did not give up and Gerald Eldridge helped stage a comeback by scoring a game high 16 points. The Tigers cut it to single digits midway through the fourth quarter, but the Raiders made enough free throws to keep the game out of reach, winning by a dozen.
Looking ahead, the Raiders will put their 5 game winning streak to the test against the Cathedral Irish Saturday morning at Arligton for a chance to advance to the semifinals of the City Tournament later in the afternoon.
As a note, the Varsity basketball team will take on the Rockets this Friday at Broad Ripple High School in a consolation game matchup set to tip off at 6:00.