Article Written by: John Nee '93
Coming off of the most successful basketball season in St. Rita history, coach Gary DeCesare knew he had to replace quite a bit. All five starters from last year’s team have moved onto college basketball, so the Mustangs will have a different look for this season.
The new-look Running Mustangs opened their season by travelling to the Bahamas over the thanksgiving break where they participated the TCBA thanksgiving tournament.
St. Rita (3-2) opened the tournament last Wednesday with a 53-47 loss to local St. George, but they bounced back in pool play with back-to-back wins over Sunland Baptist, TN (49-48) and local Jefferson County (46-44). With their (2-1) record in pool play, the Mustangs advanced to the championship bracket where they fell to Oak Ridge, TN (59-30) in the semifinals. They then bounced back to beat local CI Gibson (59-47) to capture third place in the tournament.
The Mustangs struggled offensively throughout the tournament, shooting 34% from the field and only 58% from the foul line. Senior Chris Williams led the Mustangs in scoring, averaging a touch under 10 points per game while junior Paul Kingsley added 8 points per game. Defensively the mustangs played well holding their five opponents to 50 points per game while holding them to under 35% shooting.
St. Rita opens their Catholic League schedule this Friday at St. Xavier University’s Shannon Center versus rival Leo. Game time is 7:00 p.m.