Boys Basketball 2017-18 Review
The boys basketball team finished its season with an 18-7 record, extending the program’s streak of seasons with 10 wins or more to 16 seasons. Only 18 boys basketball programs in Indiana have an active streak of at least 15 seasons of 10 wins or more. The 2017-18 Rebels won more games than all but two teams in the 49-year history of the program and only one team won more than their 17 regular-season victories. The final regular-season victory was a 53-46 senior night home win over Brebeuf Jesuit. That win clinched the Circle City Conference championship, giving the Rebels their first conference title in program history.
This year’s team played 13 games against teams ranked in the top 64 of the Sagarin computer state rankings and won seven times. Two of those wins – Center Grove and Brebeuf Jesuit – were against teams rated in the top 25. Three Roncalli opponents – Scecina Memorial, Center Grove and Ben Davis -- won sectional titles. As a result, the Rebels played one of the 25 most-difficult schedules in the state.
Senior forward Kellen Schreiber led the Rebels in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg). He was named first team All-Marion County, becoming only the third player in program history to earn first-team All-County honors. For the second straight season, Schreiber was named to the All-Circle City Conference team. He was joined on the All-Conference team by senior forward Jack Hegwood. Hegwood and senior guard Bryson Meek were named honorable mention All-Marion County. Seniors Drew Fleming, Joe Kirkhoff, Conner Gore and Matthew Looney joined Hegwood on the Academic All-State list.
The eight-man senior class wrapped up their four-year Roncalli careers. Over their four seasons in the program, the Rebels posted 64 wins and a 35-9 home record, along with the program’s first two trips to the Marion County Tournament semifinals and the first-ever conference title. Prior to the 2017-18 season, only five players in 48 seasons appeared in at least 70 varsity games. Four players from the Class of 2018 – Jack Hegwood, Bryson Meek, Joe Kirkhoff and Kellen Schreiber – reached 70 or more varsity games, led by Hegwood, who’s 75 games rank second in program history. Those four players also finished their careers all ranked in the top 10 of the program’s career wins list. Meek led the group with 52 wins, which ranks fourth in program history.