2016 Basketball Convocation

Last night, the Brother Martin Athletic Department hosted a convocation in the Bro. Mark Thornton Terrace honoring the Crusader Basketball program. Varsity Head Coach Chris Biehl, Coach Russ Williams, Coach Joey Barnitz ’02, and Coach Tommy Smith ’71 addressed their respective teams on their accomplishments during the season. In addition, Assistant Varsity and JV Coach Evan Turkish was in attendance at at the event. The Crusaders finished the Read more »

Crusaders Outrun Raiders in Basketball

On Friday night the Crusaders outplayed Archbishop Rummel on the Raiders home court, leading to a 70-53 District 9-5A victory. Varsity Head Coach Chris Biehl said, “We felt like we’d been doing a good job getting the ball inside.” However, on a night when Rummel was slow in transition defense, the Crusaders began pushing the ball and the strategy paid off. Leading scorers in the game were Bruce Jordan-Swilling (20 points and 12 rebounds), Tre Read more »

Crusaders Capture Second Win over Blue Jays

The Crusaders returned home to the Conlin Gymnasium on Friday night for a district showdown with the Jesuit Blue Jays. The Crusaders controlled the court the entire game and won convincingly 65-43. At the end of the first quarter, Brother Martin lead 20-11 and extended that lead to 33-18 by halftime. In the third quarter, the Crusaders built a 25 point lead and led 51-26. Irv Smith ’16 led all scorers with 20 points while Tré Swilling ’17 chipped Read more »

Crusaders Fall Short to Raiders in Catholic League Game

The Robert M. Conlin gymnasium was the scene for the District 9-5A matchup between the Crusaders (9-10, 1-2) and the Rummel Raiders (11-9, 2-0) on Tuesday night. Coming off a Friday night victory over Archbishop Shaw and having won four of their last five games, the Crusaders were red hot and looking to extend their 16 game winning streak against the Raiders. However with 38 seconds remaining in overtime, Rummel converted a three-point play to Read more »

Crusaders Go Up Against Patriots in District 9-5A Opener

The Brother Martin Varsity Basketball team (No. 29) will go up against the John Curtis Patriots in a Catholic League debut for Curtis tonight. The game will be held  in the Robert M. Conlin Gymnasium on Brother Martin’s campus. The Patriots have made their move from Class 3A to Class 5A this season. This district 9-5A opener for both teams will be one of three Catholic League games on the schedule for tonight. Good Luck, Crusaders!   Read more »

Basketball Championships
1969-1970 – District, State, National
1970-1971 – District, State
1972-1973 – District
1973-1974 – District, State
1978-1979 – District
1986-1987 – District
2002-2003 – District, State Runner-up
2003-2004 – District, State
2004-2005 – District, State
2006-2007 – District
2009-2010 – State
2011-2012 – District
2012-2013 – State Quarter Finalist

The Basketball Program consists of four levels of competition: eighth grade, ninth grade, junior varsity, and varsity.

Varsity and junior varsity basketball begins with conditioning and weight training in the fall.  The official beginning of practice is determined by LHSAA regulations. Currently, that is the first Monday in October.  Tryouts for all levels take place in November. Varsity and junior varsity seasons begin in late November and run through late February.  Team members are expected to attend all practices/games during the holiday seasons.  9th and 8th grade teams begin in late November.  Spring practice for varsity and junior varsity takes place in May.  Summer League/Team Camps run from the end of May through the month of June.

Team selections (all levels) are made through a tryout process.


D.J. Augustin ’06 – Texas
Joey Barnitz ’02 – Loyola/UNO
Peter Barnitz ’99 – Loyola
Ryan Berger ’10 – Millsaps
Corey Bloom ’05 – Houston/ULL
Ryan Brock ’05 – Loyola
Myron Chapman ’12 – Kilgore Junior College (Tx.)
Jordan Cornish ’14 – University of Nevada – Las Vegas
Denzel Flemings ’12 – Nicholls St.
Jalen Gray ’13 – Loyola
Jamon Gray ’11 – Delgado
Justin Lauga ’99 – UNO
Jordan Lumpkins ’13 – Copiah-Lincoln Community College


Logan Mancuso ’14 – Millsaps College
Steven “Duece” Martin ’07 – Chicago State University
Patrick McCree ’13 – Spring Hill College
James Olivard ’01 – Loyola
Steven Payton ’06 – Pace University
Schane Rillieux ’11 – Nicholls St.
Nicky Saacks ’97 – Spring Hill College
Charles Scarborough ’02 – Tougaloo College
Jabbar Singleton ’13 – Oral Roberts University
Patrick Swilling, Jr. ’10 – Tulsa
Courtney Wallace ’06 – ULL


Mr. Chris Biehl – Varsity Head Coach
Mr. Evan Turkish (C)  – Assistant Varsity and JV Coach
Mr. Russ Williams (C)  – JV Head Coach
Mr. Joey Barnitz ’02 – Freshmen Head Coach
Mr. Tommy Smith ’71  – 8th Grade Head Coach

(C) – CECP Coach
(NF) – Non-Faculty



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