Shiloh Christian has a balanced offense, but their top weapons both reside down low.
Senior Macauley Young and junior Jaden Mitzel have provided a one-two punch in the paint, and both are capable of hitting from the perimeter.
Mitzel leads the team with 19 points a game, while Young is right behind him at 16.
Mitzel is just over 40 points away from breaking the school’s single-season scoring record, but as he prepares for State, rewriting the record books is not on his mind.
“That really doesn’t matter to me,” Mitzel said. “All I want to do is win the state tournament. Whatever puts the team first–that’s all I care about.”
“He’s got the best mindset ever,” Young said. “If he gets the ball down there, I know he’s either going to score it or I’m going to get that board. If one of us gets the ball down there, we’re going to score it I think.”
Young will be involved in a key matchup Thursday against Beulah’s Jonah Larson, who averages 11 points and 10 rebounds a game.
The last time the two big men faced off, Mitzel said he thought Young “took Larson’s lunch money.”
Tipoff is at 1 p.m. at the MSU Dome.