Hornets’ top scorers return for boys’ basketball
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:49 am | Updated: 8:00 am, Wed Nov 27, 2013.
BY JIMMY GILLISPIE firstname.lastname@example.org
Although it wasn’t an official contest, Rossville head boys’ basketball coach Dave Mosson is excited about his team’s season after Saturday’s scrimmage.
His Hornets hosted Cass for a preseason scrimmage and the game answered many questions Mosson had about his team’s progress since starting practice earlier this month. The Hornets lost three of the quarters, but a 15-point advantage in the second quarter helped them win the scrimmage by one point.
“We answered a lot of questions Saturday night at our scrimmage with Lewis Cass,” Mosson said. “The first positive thing to say is that we shot the ball pretty well. I figured up we were about 59 percent from the two-pointers and about 37 percent from the threes. We were more effective against their zone than their man, so the emphasis this week at practice was to get better versus man-to-man defense. Defensively, I thought we let Lewis Cass penetrate off of the dribble more than we would like. We have to get better at man-to-man defense, but we played well in our zone.”
Rossville officially started its season tonight when it traveled to conference rival Sheridan. On Saturday night, the Hornets will host Western Boone for its first home contest of the season.
“It’s a little scary,” Mosson said before the Hornets’ first game. “It’s a conference game and we’re going to their place to play it. I know they lost a lot from last year’s team. Obviously we’re going into a situation where we haven’t been able to scout them, because they haven’t played. So right now, we’re concerned about our execution offensively and defensively.
“We’re ready to get started,” he added. “In the summer, you think the season is a long way away and then all of a sudden it’s here. It’s a long season but it seems to go faster and faster every year. We’re looking forward to getting started and hopefully we play well.”
The Hornets return an array of varsity players from the 2012-13 squad that finished 10-12. They return their top two leading scorers from a year ago.
Brandon Tonsoni led all Clinton County boys’ basketball players with 15.6 points per game last year. The 6-foot, 4-inch senior is back as a four-year starter.
“He plays wing for us,” Masson said. “He’s a career 40 percent shooter from threes. He’s developed a mid-range game and he’s gotten better about taking the ball to the hoop so he’s kind of a triple threat for us.”
Austin Miller, a 5-11 guard, was the Hornets’ second-leading scorer last year. His 12.0 average tied him for fifth in the county.
“He’s one of our two best shooters on most nights,” Mosson said. “He’s does a pretty job of finishing at the basket and he has a nice mid-range game.”
Another starter for the Hornets will be Ethan Brenneman. He was the back-up point guard last year, but will start this year, despite being 6-6. When not at the point, Brenneman will play all other positions during the season.
“He’s the biggest point guard I’ve ever coached,” Mosson said. “He’s also a two-year starter so he’s been starting since he was a sophomore.”
Clayton Howard, a 6-4 player, also returns with varsity experience. He will contribute to the team as a starter this season.
“He’s not got a lot of beef on him, but he gets a lot of stuff done,” Mosson said. “He’s very coachable.”
Kyle Bordner, a 6-1 player, will be the final Hornets starter, according to Mosson. Bordner will help the Hornets on the glass this winter.
“He has a real nose for offensive rebounds,” Mosson said. “He gets a lot of his points off of put backs. He has a high motor and he will probably guard the other team’s best post player. He’s a good defender.”
Three Hornets that will be coming off of the bench to help the team will be Austin Meyers, Grant Mohler and Elijah Beard. Meyers is battling an injury, but the other two should contribute right away.
“He’s not the quickest kid, but he has really good court sense,” Mosson said about Mohler. “He sees the whole court and he made three or four nice passes for buckets Saturday night.
“He’s strong as an ox,” he said about Beard. “He’s a little rough around the edges as far as offense, but his role will be rebounding and defense in the post.”
Rossville has several team goals and one of them is up for grabs next week at Delphi.
“The first thing we’d like to accomplish is the Kitchen Classic,” Mosson said. “We finished fourth the first year and second last year, so that’s a goal early in the season. It has a sectional atmosphere with playing three games in a week. The kids would like to win their conference for the second year in a row.”