By Lauren Grimaldi
After a stellar 25-6 run in the regular season, the men’s basketball team has gone on a playoff run. The 20th ranked Roosevelt Lakers defeated Cardinal Stritch in the quarterfinal of the 2018 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Director of Athletics John Jaramillo said that this season has been great for the athletics program both on and off the court.
“This season is a rewarding testament to the hard work of our student-athletes and staff. Like all of our student-athletes, coaches and athletic training staff, they have invested a lot of time and effort in their sport while balancing academics and all of life’s responsibilities, and to see them achieve these historic results makes me elated for them,” Jaramillo said.
“We have had a great year across all of our teams thus far, including the best department grade point average we have ever had, and this basketball season is just another example of that success,” Jaramillo said.
The team now advances to the semifinal game for the first time since 2014 against the Saint Xavier University Cougars.
“I hope this season’s playoff run elicits an elevated level of pride from our Roosevelt University community in what are student-athletes put in and juggle to be successful and balanced as a contributing member of our institution. Winning certainly has it fun and its merits, and we want that winning attitude on the court to permeate in all that we do as a department,” Jaramillo said.
Jaramillo said he hopes to see Roosevelt students follow the team closely during this playoff run.
Jaramillo said he hopes Roosevelt students come out to support the basketball team as they continue on in the final games of the season. “We have a humble group of student-athletes who do not get the coverage that NCAA Division I and professional sports teams do and a little support goes a long way for these student-athletes,” Jaramillo said.
“They study, work and balance life’s tasks like every student does, with a little more basketball in between, and they are invested in Roosevelt just like all of our students.” Jaramillo said.