Yes, it’s Raider Time.
Keenan’s elite boys basketball program begins what it hopes will be another long run in the state playoffs tonight at home against Andrew Jackson. The Raiders have won 16 consecutive first-round playoff games and never failed to advance at least to the third round of postseason play since dropping down to Class 2A in 2005.
For senior Marcus Stroman, it’s a chance to add a second championship ring to his prep resume. Stroman, who will continue his career at the University of South Carolina, was a freshman on Keenan’s last championship team in 2011. Stroman averaged 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.7 steals while helping the Raiders go 18-6 and secure another Region 3-2A title this season.
Here are some other facts that verify Keenan’s glorious hoop tradition:
The Raiders have claimed 67 playoff wins and bagged six state championships since 1971. Both totals are the third highest in the state since desegregation. Only Great Falls (91 wins, 7 titles) and Calhoun County (71 wins, 8 titles) rank higher in either category.
The Raiders made the state cut for the 22nd straight season – the longest active streak in the Midlands. Calhoun Country has a state-leading run of 24 consecutive appearances. Keenan figures to have a shot at breaking the all-time modern era record of 27 straight appearances by Eau Claire (1986-2012).
The Raiders have won state championships in three different classifications – 4A, 3A, 2A. The only other boys team to do so is North Charleston.
The Raiders have won 16 straight first-round games. Only Great Falls and Calhoun County, both with 21 consecutive opening-round wins on the books, have been better right out of starting gate.