Catholic High Basketball

Aaron Brock

This year’s CHS Basketball team had very high expectations even though a majority of its starters left. Coach Cascio knew coming into the season that it would be challenging to make another run in the playoffs, because many players were expected to step up and fill new and different roles. With a lot of time spent together in the offseason, the team grew a lot of team chemistry. They started off on a very quick 12-game win streak. The Bears found their first loss after a hard-fought game against Booker T Washington. This game did not set the Bears back at all. They would go on to another 7-game win streak, with a significant win against Grey Collegiate Academy in the All-State Sugar Bowl National Tournament. Grey Collegiate Academy was the heavy favorite in the matchup, but with a 38-point game from Kentrell Garnett, the Bears took the victory in double overtime. After the big win against Grey, the Bears would lose to a tough out-of-state team from Male Academy. After this tough loss, the Bears never looked back. Coach Cascio’s description of the team as “resilient” turned out to be spot-on as the team saw another 10-game win streak, with huge wins against Walker and East Ascension. East Ascension was the first district matchup, and the winner of this matchup would likely go on to win the district title. After this game against East Ascension, the Bears took an unexpected loss to McKinley.

After McKinley, the Bears won every other district matchup, earning themselves the district championship. With a district championship under their belt, the Bears held a strong 3-seed heading into the playoffs. The team had one more game in between district and the playoffs. They would face the U-High Cubs, but a rough shooting night for the Bears allowed the Cubs to pull away with the victory.

With the regular season over, the Bears had earned a bye in the first round. In the quarterfinals, Catholic played St. Paul. In this game, the Bears shut down their best shooter, allowing them to completely dominate St. Paul. This win earned them a spot in the semi-finals against St. Augustine from New Orleans. Since the Bears were a lower seed than St. Aug, they would have to take on the Purple Knights in New Orleans. The Bears had a strong 1st quarter performance, but St. Aug pulled away in the 2nd quarter. The Bears took a tough loss in a hostile environment that would ultimately end their season. They finished the season 31-5, one of the best records in school history.