Connor Barrett was a major player for Loyola last season.
But he knows it’s different now that he’s a senior and one of the team’s captains.
Barrett got off to a good start Monday by making his first shot of the season — a 3-pointer — on his way to a game-best 21 points in the Ramblers’ 65-14 over University High at home. He finished 7-for-10 on 3s and added five rebounds and one charge.
“I’m one of the guys showing the younger players the ropes,” he said. “I’m a guy they are going to rely on and look to as a role model.”
Junior Bennett Kwiecinski — one of three returning starters, along with junior Jordan Kwiecinski and Barrett — contributed eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Senior William Bodkin had eight points and seven rebounds, while junior Jake Welsh scored nine points. The Ramblers went 12-for-20 from behind the arc.
Seniors Ryan Evans and Quinn Pemberton are Loyola’s other two captains.
The Ramblers are coming off a season in which they finished 24-7 and captured their second consecutive Class 4A regional championship.
“It was awesome to be back out there, wearing the uniform again,” Barrett said. “Everybody on the team did their job and played fantastic.