While a Class 5 sectional loss Tuesday at home to De Smet may have brought an end to the season for the St. Dominic boys basketball team, it’s really just something of a continuation Anthony Lewis said.
From winning less than half the team’s games during his freshman and sophomore seasons, to earning 17 victories as a junior, to finishing off his career with a 21-6 record – the 21 wins being the most in program history since 1972 – Lewis said that helping build up the Crusader program has been special.
“It’s been unreal,” Lewis said. “I came in as a freshman and we were not where we wanted to be. I remember getting a shirt that said ‘trust the process’ and, boy, did we do that. We got going, we got wins, we won two districts and we just left our mark.”
Senior guard Brendan Deters agreed with Lewis about the special nature of this year's team.
He said that, while winning district titles at St. Charles and Fort Zumwalt East over the past two seasons have been special, it’s how the team has gone about its success that has truly been impressive.
“I really felt like we left St. Dominic basketball a better place than we found it, I think,” Deters said. “It’s going to continue to be great. Win or lose, we did it with class. If there’s one thing I can leave with all the younger guys is that we did it with class and I know they will.”
Deters (13.9 points per game), along with Lewis (11.6 PPG) and junior forward Ryan Schwendeman (16.8 PPG) led the team in scoring.
Head coach Kevin Roberts, who guided the Crusaders to win streaks of 10 and seven games, the latter ended Tuesday, said that this truly was a special team.
Even though things ended in the sectional round, the Crusaders’ body of work was so much deeper than one game. Roberts said that there wasn’t enough that could be said about the team’s six seniors – guards Tate Cross, Deters and Lewis; center Luke Henke, forwards Bryce Little and Patrick Sullivan,.
“A loss doesn’t define us as a program, it doesn’t define the season we had,” Roberts said. “We beat some of the best teams in the state including Pattonville and University City. Beating a storied program like Borgia by 30, there’s so many things I could go on and on and on about. Tonight, the shots weren’t falling and that’s the game. I’ve been on both sides of it. We just talked about what the six seniors have done for our program. They put us on the map.”