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November 20, 2013

Close-knit Eagles prepared for season

The Zionsville boys basketball team is ready for the 2013-14 campaign. A good mixture of youth and experience will fill out an Eagles' roster that looks to improve on a 11-10 record a season ago. "The guys are working hard, they are committing to team over self — which is something I knew this team would do," head coach Shaun Busick said of pre-season practices. "We are battling some injuries, we have a bad ankle here, a sore knee, something like that, but overall I am pretty pleased." The Eagles lose their top two scorers from a season ago in Andrew Dakich and Dalton Judd, as well as forward Scotty Penola, but still return key pieces from last year's team. "You have to start with our two senior returning starters in Michael Sollman (8.3 PPG) and Alex Sibila (5.3 points, 3.0 rebounds)," Busick said. "They have been in our program, they know our expectations and they want to have a special season. We also have seniors Davis Furman and Ryan Conner, two kids who played JV ball last year who we expect to step up. Our other big returners are our point guard, Braden Hall. He had a lot of varsity minutes last year and played very well. We are going to need his ball handling and his steadiness. Then the big man, Derrik Smits. He is a 7-footer and he has to play like it every night and give us that toughness around the basket." Also returning is Jake Mann, who Busick said will have a chance to compete for a starting spot. Busick said the frontline depth will come from Cassius Smits-Francisco, Guerin Wagner and Chris Pappas. He added that Jake Pilcher will also see varsity minutes. For more of this story, read the Nov. 20 edition of the Times Sentinel.

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