By: Sam Stern ’20

The Raiders are a stifling team that have shown mastery of the art form of basketball. The lobs, the treys, the crossovers, the dunks, the acrobatic finishes, and most of all, the wins, have fueled a winning season thus far.

The RJ3 (Jamil Safieddine, Sam Bannec , and Elijah Martinez), have mustered many double digit games where they have completely taken over games. Safieddine has been the go to offensive threat so far the season with thirteen games in double digits. Keep in mind my fellow Raider fans, we have played a total of sixteen games…

I sat down with senior guard Elijah Martinez to talk about how this year’s team compares to last year’s playoff caliber squad.

“There is a lot more leadership and a lot more people stepping up for the team this year compared to last year,”  Martinez said.

The senior laden Raiders have experienced in depth. After losing big men Samba Kane and Justin Lamb who garnered many of the big man minutes last season, Matt Wheelock, Tama Tuitele, and Daniel Carr have flourished in their upgraded opportunities in the first sixteen games.

Coach Ken Shaw has had more than 700 wins in his illustrious career, and his teams consistently shoot the ball well and play competitive defense.

With a 12-4 record, do the Raiders have what it takes to make it far in the playoffs?

The Colorado hall of fame inductee, Coach Ken Shaw, consistently produces winning season no matter who is on the team each and every year. It has been no different this year as his team is already keeping up their blazing hot track record.

Regis Jesuit  has always preached three-point shooting and defense ever since Coach Shaw took over. This team has been knocking down their three-balls at a very high percentage, and are looking to continue their great shooting start.

With seven games to go until the playoffs, the Raiders have a lot to prove.

The time has come to stand up and get rowdy for what should be an exciting playoff season.

 

 

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