Cardinal Newman is off to a 5-1 start, and is looking forward to a good showing this week at the North Central holiday boys basketball tournament.
“We’re playing pretty well, and that’s what we expected because we have a veteran, senior team,” said Cardinals coach Kevin Rose.
In fact, CN has seven seniors on the roster, and three returning starters off a team that won the SCISA Region 2-3A tournament championship last season after finishing second behind Hammond during the regular season. The Cardinals finished with a 20-10 record last season, and advanced to the semifinals of the SCISA Class 3A state tournament before beging eliminated by Porter-Gaud.
One of the early-season highlights was a 37-31 win last Saturday against Bishop England, after losing to the Bishops in Charleston a year ago in the first-ever regular season meeting of the state’s two oldest Catholic high schools.
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The Cardinals will travels to the Atlanta area after Christmas to take part in the Pinecrest holiday tournament – an event featuring all Catholic schools from a number of states in the Southeast.
Zach Hrovat and Jake Motto have been the big guns for CN to date. Hrovat is averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 assists and 4.2 steals a game and leads the team with 13 3-point field goals. Motto is 14.8 points and 14.8 rebounds. Twan Alewine is averaging 7.3 points, 4.7 steals, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
The Cardinals are ranked No. 7 in the Class 3A SCISA poll that was released today.