The Crossroads School boys basketball team lost to Ribet Academy in a scrimmage Nov. 22 at Grisanti Gym, 48-52. The scrimmage doesn’t count toward the regular season for the Roadrunners, who will open the 2010-11 campaign against Pacifica Christian in St. Monica Tournament at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 29.
Three starters for Crossroads, Justin Blair, Tommy Knowles and Miles Stevens, were out due to injury, said their head coach Kevin Jackson, who graduated from the school in 1984 and was an assistant coach in 1997, when Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis emerged as a star.
The Ribet loss was a tough test that will prepare his team for the upcoming games, according to Jackson.
“Turnovers got us against a very fast, athletic team,” Jackson said. “I liked where we were. That team won a championship [last season].”
The Roadrunners were prone to turnovers but managed to keep the game close behind their leaders Jysi Williams and Luke Shmuger. Shmuger, a senior, has signed a basketball scholarship to attend Division III Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, Jackson said. He was also recruited by Vassar and Oberlin colleges.
The upcoming season the Roadrunners will compete in the Delphic League. They will look to improve on a 13-14 overall record last season, 1-9 in Olympic League play.