Burrus Recaps Knights Summer Basketball Season

The Southwood boys basketball team has just completed our summer season of basketball. We were able to put up a record of 21-4. We know that is a summer record but the team beat some really good teams this summer. This time included Wabash County YMCA League, 2 tournaments,(Super Hoops Noblesville, Purdue 3A-4A tournament) IWU shootout, Huntington University shootout 1, and 2. We also had open gyms throughout May and June. We had a 3 day team camp at Southwood late in June. This article is to give some details of the summer, some of the fun, and the highlights.
Super Hoops tournament- We started the summer by going to Noblesville for their Super Hoops tournament. We played Muncie Burris and played very well on both ends. We won to start the tournament. We then played 4A Shelbyville. This was a tough team and our team responded with a great team win. We were able to get stops at key times. This put us into the finals against state power 4A Zionsville. We got down 10 early and fought back to take a 4 point lead midway through the 2nd half. Zionsville hit down the stretch and we didn’t to beat us in the final. This was a great tournament for our kids because it showed them the level they would have to play to compete against that type of competition. We had several players come right in from spring sports and play well.
IWU shootout- This was a shootout at Marion where our experience at Noblesville really helped. We beat four different opponents by sizable margins. The teams we beat were: Indy Northwest, Eastern, Eastside, and Faith Christian. Our Southwood kids played hard and together despite very hot conditions for the last two games.
Purdue 3A-4A tournament, 16 teams- We went to Purdue, which we try to do most years. The competition is very tough. The first game was against a very solid 3A Charlestown. Our team was down early but continued to fight and strung together stops and scores at the end. It was a great win to advance to play LCC.
LCC (Lafayette Central Catholic) is a really good program. I thought this game showed the progress our team was making. We locked LCC up for most of the game. We hung on at the end to win. That put us in the final four of this tournament. We then ran into a buzz saw in 4A Center Grove. They had us down about 20 at halftime. We couldn’t stop em and we couldn’t score. We challenged our team to refocus and pick up the effort. We played them almost even the second half. That 2nd half of basketball helped our kids learn that if we bring the effort we have a chance against really good teams. That set up the 3rd place game against Walnut Hills of Cincinnati,Ohio.
To play these 4 games at the level of competition we faced I was very proud of how we played against this Walnut Hills team. They had two kids over 6’9. They weren’t their best players. They were a quick, strong, athletic team. We lead most of the game but lost by one point. The toll of the day kept us from winning but our team was progressing. After playing three tough games our team dug deep to just about pick off another huge win. We were
2-2 at Purdue but were able to play with some really good teams. The kids came out of the Purdue shootout very hungry. It showed,
Huntington U. Shootout #1- After the play at Purdue we faced some real challenges just up the road at HU. All 3 games were against teams that had won sectional, or regional titles the year before. We were able to beat Canterbury and Blackhawk from Fort Wayne. Both were very good teams. These were two very tough summer games. Playing at Purdue really helped. The kids were ready. Our last game was a big game with Indy school 3A Tri-West. They were a great test for us. They played a very good game and ended up beating us by one. Overall, it was a really good shootout for us. We could have lost to all three teams if we weren’t ready.
Wabash County YMCA League- This year the league was great. We had 6 teams. Our team finished 8-0 but played in several tough games. Thanks to
Paul Wright and all the efforts of the YMCA to make the league so much fun for the kids. This league helped us tune up for the shootouts that week. It was beneficial to all teams that played there. Our jv team made big strides because of YMCA league.
Huntington U. Shootout #2- this was the last competition we had for the summer. We were able to pound Madison to start the shootout. Then, we played a disciplined Heritage team that we beat double figures. That was our toughest game of the day as we finished up the summer with a 98-67 thumping of Rensselaer Central.
Core group of players- Paul Farlow SR Forward Jeff Finicle SR Guard Blake Martz SR Forward
Carson Blair JR Guard Matt Nose JR Forward Peyton Trexler JR Guard
Dallas Holmes SO Forward
Q & A…
Best Win? LCC, Shelbyville
Worst Win? Indy Northwest-we couldn’t hit.
Worst Loss? Center Grove- 1st half we didn’t show up.
Best Loss? Tri-West- Great team. All the tools.
Best Experience? Watching kids improve, hanging out together, wanting to compete, play.
Funniest moments? Huddles, player comments, one of the players screwing up UKNIGHTED theme.
Something I won’t forget? The look from these kids when we were playing our 3rd or 4th game
and I would ask them to dig down one more time. They always responded.
Summer Basketball? It is what you make it out to be. We played several teams if we weren’t
ready we would have been blown out, early. If kids don’t care in the summer it is no big deal to play summer games.
If they really care it can be special. This team showed that. It is still not THE season but if we are going
through the motions in the summer, we will not improve. Our kids had high expectations for their summer.
Getting better? Every player improved. Players can see potential for the season because of summer improvement.

This group did great things and got better throughout the month. We lost a very good senior group last season but these guys listed put together a great summer of play. It didn’t matter where or who we played. These guys were ready, and they played together.
Our coaches: Christian Perry, Jim Hogan, and Devin Dale all helped make the summer a success. All of these coaches did great work with the younger (jv) players. That group made great improvements as individuals, and as a team. All coaches helped with varsity, as well.
A big thanks to all the parents who attended events and got the players to the games. We had lots of positive energy from our parents, great support!
Also, wanted to thank Dave and Marva Martz for always bringing lots of refreshments all over Indiana for the kids. Also, thanks for feeding the kids at the end. We have always appreciated your support and contributions to the program.
Just wanted to give an update on our summer. I am so proud of what the kids accomplished. I can’t wait to see them this coming school year. We all know summer basketball is not the season but it is a great preparation for the season.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the rest of summer.
Go Knights!!!
John Burrus
Head Boys Basketball Coach
Southwood H.S.

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