Boys Basketball 2018-19 Review
For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the boys basketball team had to replace all five starters from the previous season. The Rebels returned just 51 points from last season’s 18-7 squad. The 51 points are the fewest amount of points the Rebels have returned in the 50-year history of the program. The 2018-19 Rebels posted a 5-17 record against a schedule rated one of the 40-most difficult in the state. Five Roncalli opponents – Beech Grove, Center Grove, Heritage Christian, Lanesville and New Palestine – won sectional titles and four others lost in the sectional final. Out of Roncalli’s 22 games, nine were decided by five points or less. The Rebels played nine games against teams ranked in the top 64 in the Sagarin statewide computer poll and three games against the top 25.
Senior Jacob Denney led the team in scoring with a 12.9 points per game average. Denney scored in double figures in 17 of 22 games and topped 20 points twice. Sophomore Anthony Donahue finished second on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game. Donahue’s 249 total points were the most scored by a sophomore since the 2004-05 season. Junior Aidan Looney led the team in rebounding, grabbing 5.1 boards per game. Sophomore Johnny Brunk paced the team in assists, averaging 4.0 per game. Denney, Donahue, Looney and juniors Daniel Asher and Nick Spearing played in all 22 games, but Denney was the only player to start all 22. The team shot 75.9 percent from the foul line, which is the second-best season percentage over the last 17 seasons. Denney was named to the All-Marion County honorable mention team and was selected to play in the Marion County All-Star Game on April 25 at Beech Grove. Denney was also chosen to the All-Circle City Conference team and named honorable mention All-Super Team by the Indy Star.
On February 12, the Rebels beat Greenfield-Central 66-52 in the annual senior-night game. The contest was also the 442nd and final home game in “The Woodshed,” the home court for Roncalli basketball for 50 seasons. The Rebels compiled a 271-171 record in 50 seasons in “The Woodshed.”