MEDFORD, Ore. — From the outside, the 2019-2020 season looked bleak for St. Mary's boy's basketball program after they limped out of the gate to a 5-8 start. But when players and coaches started meshing, the Crusaders were nearly unstoppable.
They closed out their year with a 9-2 record, including a league playoff win over Sutherlin to cap off the regular season. And with the win, a goal checked off the list for the St. Mary's seniors.
"We've been wanting this since our freshman year to be in a playoff game at home and make it up the road to Coos Bay," senior Tre Foster said.
They still have to make it past Riverdale on Saturday before they can think about chasing a State Championship along the Oregon Coast, but they have a reason to be optimistic.
"We have some confidence and [a team that] really plays together well," head coach Richard Vasey said. "[This team] doesn't get rattled very easily and the growth from the beginning of the season has been amazing."
From top to bottom, this St. Mary's team is excited about the atmosphere on Saturday when the boys host Riverdale to open up the postseason.
Tip-off at St. Mary's High School is set for 4 pm.