By Travis Miller
---- — Zionsville’s summer preparations with Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coach Basil Mawbey paid off Friday, Jan. 3, night when the Eagles faced an athletic Pike squad.
Mawbey won 659 games and two state championships in 38 seasons as a head coach in Indiana thanks to his stingy 2-3 zone defense.
Mawbey worked with the Eagles (5-3) over the summer extensively, and Friday night at Class 4A No. 4 rated Pike it paid off in the form of a 45-44 upset victory over the Red Devils.
“We’re more of a grinding team,” Zionsville coach Shaun Busick said. “They were averaging close to 70 points per game coming in so to hold them to 44 is a credit to the commitment to our zone. Coach Mawbey has been working with us with our zone. We knew we would have the personnel to play more of that zone and he has helped adjust the way we play with that zone.
Michael Sollman led the Eagles with 19 points, but his final point proved to be the difference.
After Justin Thomas missed a runner in the lane Sollman pulled down the rebound and raced down the floor with the game tied 44-44.
Pike inexplicably fouled him at mid-court with 3.6 seconds left and he hit the first free throw for the winning point. Sollman missed the second and Tahjai Teague’s half-court heave as time expired was off the mark.
For more of this story, read the Jan. 8 edition of the Times Sentinel.