Like most schools in Indiana, the basketball teams at Providence Cristo Rey are a big deal. The student athletes who play are committed – even during their breaks.
This summer, the boys basketball team was part of the Pioneer Summer League. The league was comprised of Providence Cristo Rey High School, Herron High School, Cascade High School, Indianapolis George Washington High School, and Indianapolis Northwest High School. Going into the championship tournament, the Wolves had 5-1 record in the league.
The Wolves got off to a strong start in the semi-final game against Cascade High School, and went on a few scoring runs. Cascade came back to make it a close game in the second half. The Wolves hit some key free throws, and secured a spot in the championship game with a 52-46 win.
The Wolves had to face the team that gave them their only summer loss, Northwest High School, for the championship. The Wolves were down for most of the game, but caught up to Northwest late in the second half. Again, they hit some important free throws to keep the lead, and captured the summer league title with a 55-53 win.
Head Coach Pete Bitting joined the program in May. He has spent the last few weeks getting to know some of the returning players. “We have a well balanced team. The thing that has impressed me the most is how much our kids share the basketball. That is always a sign of great teams,” says Bitting.
He felt the win was a strong start for the upcoming season. “We set goals as a team for the summer, and I feel like we surpassed our expectations. This win shows them what we are teaching them works. I was really happy for them and our coaches!”
Rising senior Hollis Coe said he and his teammates were thrilled with the win. “It was a great feeling. It felt good to know that our hard work in summer practice paid off. We were unselfish with the ball and worked together to get this win.”