Boys basketball puts in hard work to start season

by Adam Bright/Staff Writer

The men’s basketball team started their season with an opening game against Beech Grove at home, which was a tough start. Caleb McIntire, 10, stated, “Our first game was a bit rough around the edges. Getting beat by 20 by Beech Grove wasn’t what we were expecting.”

The team’s season has just begun, so they have some goals they want to accomplish during this time. McIntire stated, “With the season just getting off the ground there is a little we need to work on. With that being said, one thing is our defensive rebounding. We struggled against Beech Grove rebounding the ball in the first game.” Jacob Cochran, 11, agreed with this and stated, “We work on this everyday in practice with a drill we do.”

The team said that their goal for the season is to win sectionals and be the best player they can be. Lukas Haworth, the varsity men’s basketball coach, said, “Honestly we are focusing solely on ourselves. Our goal is to be the very best version of ourselves that we can be and whatever results come from that will be fine with us, as long as we know we put the very best version of ourselves out there on the floor.” Also McIntire said, “The team’s goal this year is to definitely win sectionals. We’ve worked so hard over the summer and haven’t let up.”

To win sectionals may be a large goal but when asked how they would achieve this goal Cochran stated, “We can get this if we each other each and everyday in everything we do.”  McIntire stated “The goal is for sure able to be reached with a lot of work on all ends of the game. We just need to work together as a team. We have all the parts needed to reach that goal. We just have to use them in the right way.”

Out of their 25 game season when asked who the team’s biggest opponent Haworth stated, “We just take it one game at a time. Obviously a lot of emphasis is put on conference opponents, but we want to go out, give our best and put ourselves in a position to win every time we take the floor.” Haworth also stated, “We’ll prepare for every game by constantly striving to improve ourselves and what we do best. We want to be a team that forces the opponent to react to us, not the other way around.”

They have been preparing for the season all summer for the season. Haworth stated, “We did a lot of things in the summer (summer league games, team camp, open gyms) as well as a lot of conditioning and skill development in the fall. We also had the largest number of fall sports athletes since I’ve been here and I think that will help us in the long run as well.”

Even though they are just beginning their season, the team is excited to get back on the court and play more basketball. Haworth stated, “We appreciate all the support and encouragement from everyone at the school and look forward to seeing everyone at the gym! Go Cougars!”