MORRIS – After losing three games Wednesday in the 29th Annual Morris Boys Shootout, Coal City boys basketball coach Brad Boresi was interested to see how his team would react to Thursday’s action, which would wrap up the Coalers’ summer.
Color the Coaler coach impressed.
Coal City lost a pair of games Thursday, but played a much improved game in defeats to Plainfield Central and East Aurora. They lost, 51-40, to Plainfield Central and 54-47, to East Aurora.
“I was real happy with both games today,” Boresi said after the Coalers’ finished up Thursday. “We had much better effort and execution. It was a nice way to end the summer. I said the other day that I don’t get hung up on wins and losses during the summer, but it would have been nice for these kids to get a win in that last game. It would have given the kids a bigger look at something positive for when the winter starts.
“As it stands, I still think we can take some positives out of the summer, and especially this tournament. We know now that we are capable of playing with schools that are two or three times our size. I hope that confidence carries over through the fall and into the winter.”
Another thing that will come out of the fall is the addition of football players who will join the basketball team that were unable to do so for the shootout.
“We have a couple of football guys that are coming off of injury,” Boresi said. “They want to stay healthy for football, and we want them to, as well. If they come through the football season OK, then they will be a big help for us when basketball season comes around. A couple more healthy players will certainly help us. Plus, with those guys out over the summer, it gave more guys a chance to show us what they can do. I wanted to give as many players as I could this summer an opportunity, and I think we were able to do that.
“I did like what I saw the last day of the tournament from Nick Micetich. He got much better as the games went on, and we are going to be looking for a lot from him as far as leadership goes this season. I saw that from him in our last couple of games, and it was very good to see.”