By Will Willems
The Zionsville Eagles boys basketball team will have a new look in the 2012-13 season.
The Eagles lost four of their top six scorers — to graduation, discipline and injury — but have been working hard to improve on last season’s 14-7 record.
“I have liked our effort, we have really good effort,” seventh-year coach Shaun Busick said. “We have looked really sharp at times and other times not so much. We have a long way to go defensively to be where I want to be, and we have to work on rebounding. We have to improve that quite a bit. Other than that, I have really liked our senior leadership. I think Andrew Dakich, Scott Peñola and Dalton Judd have really done a good job of leading the team. It will be interesting to see how we play that first game, and I have to keep in mind, every team has the same amount of practices.”
Zionsville, which is ranked 28th in the preseason poll, got a good test in the scrimmage against 21st ranked Lawrence North.
Busick said it was a good challenge for his team.
“We saw a really long and athletic team,” Busick said. “They started a 6-7 and 6-8 forward and their shooting guard was 6-3 and could virtually put his elbows on the rim. I thought we came out and played pretty well. We won the first quarter 18-12 against man-to-man. Then, we aren’t much of a zone team, but we stayed within two during the zone quarter. They got away from us a little bit in the pressing quarter, then we didn’t shoot well in the final quarter. Overall they probably won by about 10 points, but we held our own. They have a lot more returning than we do. I thought our young guys played well, and I thought every one contributed. I was pretty pleased, and we learned something about ourselves.”
The goals for the Eagles are simple, according to Busick, he just wants the Eagles to continue to improve.
“I think one of our biggest goals is to get better every day,” Busick said. “We really focus on individual improvement daily and team improvement daily. Then our goal is to win as many championships as we can. That starts with our tournament in December, then to conference, then to the state tournament. My main goal for the team is to be the best team we could be come February and March.”
For more of this story, read the Nov. 21 edition of the Times Sentinel.