NEW PARIS, Ohio – The Greenville Senior High School boys basketball teams concluded their 2023-24 preseason scrimmage schedule on the road taking on the National Trail Blazers.
“We have a lot of guys figuring out new positions, finding out who we are,” Greenville head varsity boys basketball coach, Matt Hamilton stated. “We’ve been talking a lot about individual roles, what that means to the team, defensively, shooting, scoring, rebounding, all those types of things and then putting it all together. In the end, find a way to win which we haven’t had a lot of opportunities to do so we’ll take it – another week before we get started.”
The GHS junior varsity squad had an excellent showing nearly doubling up on the Blazers as well as the Wave freshman team with a good showing.
The Green Wave and Trail varsity squads often traded leads on the night during the four 10-minuite quarters. With the clock winding down and the score tied, Greenville called a timeout with six seconds on the clock setting up a 3-point baseline buzzer-beater closing out the preseason with a 3-point GHS win.
The varsity squad will take the floor for the new season with point guard play by committee.
“We have two or three guys that are manning that spot and learning fast,” said Coach Hamilton. “Just trying to get them disciplined they don’t have to do it themselves whether it’s a two guard, or even a three-guard especially as we get in to pressure we’re going to face in the league to know they don’t have to out dribble anybody, to work together and the old Mike Krzyzewski saying, ‘five guys playing as one’ that’s what we’re after.”
The Wave varsity team will also take the court for the upcoming season without the luxury of more than average height playing in the heavy D-I MVL conference.
“We’re going to have to box out,” Hamilton noted. “We have to sacrifice ourselves and do what’s best for the team and flat get after it – relentless effort.”
Greenville opens 2023-2024 regular season play, Friday, December 1st on the road with an MVL matchup with Tippecanoe and returns home to open the home season, Saturday, December 2nd when the Arcanum Trojans travel to Greenville for a non-conference game.