The Cardinal Ritter Raiders Boys Basketball Team finished the City tournament on Monday after a snow delay on Saturday. After beating Shortridge early last week, the Raiders defeated Manual 85-76 Thursday to advance to the semi finals where they lost to Cathedral High School. The Raiders have nothing to be ashamed of as their superior play earned a spot in CRHS history. This was the 2nd time the Raiders made it to the City Semis in school history, with the last time coming in 1990.
On Thursday, Cardinal Ritter used a balanced attack to defeat Manual with all 5 starters scoring double figures. Leading the charge was Dan “O-Mite” Bayler with 20 points and 8 assist, Damon “Old Oak” Ogletree 18, Joey “Gamer” Gruber 17, Marlon “Hot Shot” Anderson 16, and “Nasty” Nate Soltis with 14.
The JV Raiders also beat Manual 56-50 advancing them as well with Rodney Adams leading the way with 27.
In the Semi-Finals of the city tournament CRHS lost 76-61 to Cathedral. The Raiders jumped out to an early lead, and controlled the majority of the first half until a late Irish run gave Cathedral a 4 point lead going into halftime. The Irish stayed hot in the 3rd quarter and put the game out of reach with a 13-0 run. The Raiders battled back to cut the deficit to 12 points several times, however couldn’t make a final push erase the deficit.
Leading the again for the Raiders was Bayler with 18 points (13-14 from the free throw line). Ogletree was also in double figures with 16 points, and Gruber finished with his 4th double double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Raiders are back in action Wednesday night as they travel to Park Tudor for an Indiana Crossroads Conference match-up with the Panthers. Jv will start at 6 with varsity beginning 20 minutes after.