Royce King Sports returned to Manual High School to take in this weeks action of Summer League games. Our first match up featured the Park Tudor Panthers versus the Christel House Academy Eagles. The Panthers, are led by Head Coach Mike Shelton, who believes his team played well, but expects even more from them down the road. “I’d like to see us compete harder, and communicate more as a team on every possession,” Shelton said. The Panthers are a very young team with potential as they continue to grow and get better. “Our goal this summer is individual development,” “We’ve got some freshman and sophomores that we’d like to prepare mentally and physically for varsity,” Shelton stated.
The Panthers dominated the Eagles in their first match-up of the evening, cruising to a 77-39 victory. Their next match-up however, would be a back and forth duel between the Lighthouse Bulldogs. This fast paced game would be a battle of wills and series of runs, as both teams were evenly matched. The Bulldogs came out with an aggressive defensive strategy, turning the Panthers over and capitalizing on the offensive end. With the Bulldogs leading 17-25, Park Tudor made a run hitting clutch 3-pointers to close out the half 28-28. In the second half, both teams had to lock in on defense if they wanted to give their team a fighting chance. The Bulldogs again applied great pressure to keep the Panthers on ice. This wouldn’t stop the Panthers though from staying right on the Bulldogs’ heels. At the end of regulation, the game was all tied 51-51. In overtime, the Bulldogs would come out on top, knocking down a big 3-point shot and coming up with a steal for two to seal the deal. Bulldogs win 56-55.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Pumas also had a successful run this evening in their match-up against the Christel House Eagles. The Pumas came out strong and aggressive as they took down the Eagles in a 78-28 win. “We played pretty well offensively; we’ve got some work to do on the defensive end, but they played with a lot of heart today,” Coach Lee Jackson of the Pumas said. Despite being without one of their key players, the Pumas got the job done and are looking to continue to improve. “We’re just trying to win ball games,” “Our goal is to compete for a spot in the sectional and the sectional championship,” Jackson said.
The host of this seasons Summer League, the Manual Redskins, have had a solid run these past two weeks going undefeated with a 2-0 record. The Redskins are led by Head Coach Don Bowling and Assistant Coach Buford. After tonight’s game against Northwest, the future of the Redskins looks promising. “We played pretty solid, after starting off a little slow,” Coach Buford stated. “We saw a lot of guys step up tonight and that’s what we want to see.” Coach Bowling and Coach Buford are emphasizing leadership, high energy and effort as the team seeks their ultimate goal of winning the championship this season.