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Men’s basketball promising second half of league play

Ella Acker
Jesuit Men’s basketball had a promising second half to the season.

The Jesuit Crusaders had a promising start to the 2023-2024 season with big wins versus schools like Barlow, LO, and Lincoln. With multiple close losses to Central Catholic and Tualitan, Jesuit felt confident heading into Metro league play standing at 8-4.

Sophomore guard Joe Stimpson, a key role player off the bench, spoke about expectations for Metro League play.

“My expectations heading into metro were to win out, obviously there’s great competition but I think we’re gonna win most of our games,” Stimpson said.

The Crusaders started out league play 3-0, beating Sunset, Mountainside, and Aloha.

“We were sharing the ball, hitting shots, and pushing transition,” senior guard Tyler Curvy said. “Honestly just playing really well together as a team”.

The Crusaders’ momentum stalled midway through Metro League play, suffering two close losses to the Westview Wildcats, and the Beaverton Beavers. Multiple mistakes in both games led to these losses.

“As a team vs Westview we had 17 turnovers, we just weren’t playing to our standard,” Stimpson said.

Since those losses, the Crusaders went on a roll, beating the number 2 OSAA ranked Southridge Skyhawks and the Mountainside Mavericks. The Crusaders reached 8-3 in league play and were ranked #7 in the state. ’

Throughout the season Metro League proves to be a week to week challenge with some of the best teams in the state. According to the latest OSAA rankings, 5 of the top 21 teams in the state are from the Metro League: Southridge is No. 2, Jesuit No. 7 , Beaverton No.8, Mountainside No.16 and Westview No.21.

“I think it has prepared us really well for playoffs, a lot of the top teams are from the metro and we will see that level of play going into playoffs,” Curvy said.

The Crusaders currently hold an overall record of 16-7 , and league record of 8-3. The Crusaders just dropped a tough one vs Southridge but bounced by beating the Wildcats by 26. The Crusaders hope to finish out the season by beating the Beaverton Beavers this friday.

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Brady Bayne
Brady Bayne, Staff Writer
Brady Bayne is a junior at Jesuit High school and this is his first year in media.   He is interested in Sports broadcasting and sports journalism.  Brady has two brothers here at Jesuit and they both participate in the men’s lacrosse program at Jesuit. Brady also has two golden retrievers named Hogan and Autzen. Brady loves to spend time with his family, especially his brothers and cousins who all attended Jesuit high school. Brady is  excited to share with the world what goes down here at Jesuit practices and games. Brady wants to share with the world the player's perspective on the hard work it takes to play a sport at Jesuit.  He is very excited to get behind the mic and broadcast games on JCTV. Brady is a part of the Men's Lacrosse team here at Jesuit. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing golf, watching Oregon Duck football and playing lacrosse. His great interest in all sports will provide a very enthusiastic perspective to Jesuit media. Brady cannot wait to give everyone new insight on important Jesuit events.