Bronx, NY – Brace yourselves for a Wednesday night battle for bragging rights in the Bronx as the Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders (14-3) travel to face the St. Raymond Boys Ravens (14-3) in a crucial home conference matchup. Tip-off at St. Raymond High School is set for 6:30 PM ET, and New York high school basketball fans won’t want to miss this one.
What it is: New York High School basketball
Matchup: Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders vs St. Raymond Boys Ravens
Time: Wednesday, January 31, at 6:30 pM ET
Game Type: home conference
Locations: St. Raymond H.S- Bronx, NY
Live Stream: Watch here
Crusaders Aiming to Extend Winning Streak
The Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders, under the guidance of Coach Patrick Massaroni, are a well-oiled machine with a balanced scoring attack and suffocating defense. Led by the versatile senior forward Ryan Jackson (21.5 ppg) and the sharpshooting junior guard Jaden Gardner (18.8 ppg), the Crusaders have been on a tear, winning their last six games and establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the CHSAA league. A victory against St. Raymond would be a major statement and solidify their top-contender status.
Ravens Ready to Defend Home Court
The St. Raymond Boys Ravens, coached by the veteran Gary Mangin, are a program known for their championship pedigree and gritty play. Senior guard DJ Matthews (22.3 ppg) and junior forward Jonas Dolan (17.5 ppg) are the offensive anchors, while the rest of the squad contributes hustle and heart. Playing on their home court, the Ravens will be looking to prove they can compete with the best and maintain their hold on second place in the conference.
A Battle for Supremacy
This matchup promises to be a captivating duel of contrasting styles. The Crusaders excel in a controlled, half-court game, utilizing their size and physicality to grind out victories. The Ravens, on the other hand, prefer a more up-tempo approach, relying on their athleticism and transition offense to overwhelm opponents. Expect a battle for tempo and control, with each team looking to dictate the terms of the game.