Last year, the Shiloh Christian boys basketball team got caught looking ahead at a potential opponent, and paid the price.
“We took a team lightly and we blew it,” senior Jonas Mitzel said.
The team fell short a region championship at the hands of Washburn, and the upperclassmen won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.
“We still have that memory from the game against Washburn,” Bartholomew Ogbu said. “We’re hoping this year will be a lot different from last year.”
And this year already looks different, as the Skyhawks have to replace two upperclassmen who suffered knee injuries during football season.
“The younger guys just have to step up and fill in those spots,” Ogbu said.
But what shouldn’t be too different from last year is the team’s offensive style.
“I think our team is pretty much going to rely on the post play,” Ogbu said. “We have a 6’9″ dude. He’s a junior and he’s big and huge. I also play down in the post, so I think our team is going to play the ball down deep and play on the post mostly.”
Their post play can also lead to good kickouts on the perimeter. But Mitzel says the real key to avoiding another stumbling block, is 100 percent effort on both sides of the ball.
“Everyone can score points,” Mitzel said. “Everyone can shoot the ball. But there’s few players who are willing to put in the time and extra effort to play defense.”
On Dec. 16, the Skyhawks are at Bishop Ryan.