Heading into the 2013-2014 year not much was expected out of the Crusaders, but first year head basketball Coach Rick Harrigan and senior captains Quinn Niego and Ray Rubio would prove otherwise. Being in the Catholic League is hard enough as it is, and the Crusaders had a tough non-conference schedule as well as managing to finish the season deadlocked at 14-14.
The Crusaders’ biggest upset was against highly ranked Richards, and the Crusaders defeated the Bulldogs on their home court 78-67. “Overall, I think it will be a memorable one, being my first year, and I will never forget the guys that adapted to the new program,” said Coach Harrigan. “I think the win against Richards was a good one being here at home, but any win in the Catholic League is a big one in such a good league. I don’t know if I can single out one game overall, because it was a fun year overall.”
“What we wanted to do was end up in that top bracket of the Chicago Catholic League, but we came up short by one spot. It came down to us and Providence in a playoff game atmosphere,” said Coach Harrigan. “I don’t think anyone expected us to win fourteen games, that’s for sure. We won all the games we were supposed to and showed up every night and competed. I was extremely proud of our senior class this year, for the change they made in such a short period of time.”
Senior Crusaders Quinn Niego and Ray Rubio were named to the all Catholic League team with their spectacular performances throughout the season. Also senior Jack Gorman was named to the all-academic team. Quinn Niego will continue his basketball career at Saint Xavier University, and senior Ray Rubio will continue his at Loras College; both guys have been awarded athletic scholarships.
Great things are ahead for Brother Rice basketball especially with the upcoming underclassmen. Both the freshman and sophomore basketball teams won Catholic League with the freshman team finishing the season 14-1, and the sophomores finishing 22-3. The bar is set for next season. Coach Harrigan and his Crusaders will look to go beyond that and bring home a Catholic League title and may even find themselves in a state playoff run.Read More