Bearcat boys basketball team battling lengthy layoff

Bearcat boys basketball team battling lengthy layoff

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Bearcat boys basketball team battling lengthy layoff

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Matt Fine could tell his team was excited to play. The Central boys basketball team was practicing Saturday morning, finishing up what its coach had observed to be a good week of practice. Central was scheduled to play Jay County that night, ending a layoff that started after a game against Delta on Dec. 21.

Instead, the layoff continues. The Bearcats would learn during that Saturday practice that the Jay County game had been postponed due to weather concerns. Central’s scheduled game Tuesday against Wapahani was also postponed.

Inclement weather continues to lead to postponed events in East Central Indiana, with all events scheduled for today postponed. The Randolph County basketball tournament has been pushed back a day, and is scheduled to begin with one boys game and one girls game on Thursday at Winchester.

For Fine’s Bearcats, the next scheduled game is Saturday at Hamilton Southeastern. Central, which last had a home game on Dec. 13, won’t play a game in Muncie Fieldhouse again until Jan. 24 against Southside. The Jay County game has been rescheduled for Feb. 4, and the Wapahani game has been moved to Feb. 15.

Central is 5-1 and is ranked No. 10 in the latest Class 3A rankings.

“Our kids, needless to say, were very disappointed (about the Jay County postponement),” Fine said. “They were ready to get back on the floor. By the time we play Saturday night, it will be three weeks since we’ve played. That’s not a great situation, but some time each year you have to deal with the weather, and that’s what we’re dealing with now.”

Fine said Tuesday afternoon that he hadn’t been able to meet with his players since that Saturday practice. He said a practice today is a possibility, weather permitting, but he hadn’t yet heard for certain. While the situation is difficult, he stressed that other schools in the state are dealing with inclement weather and are at a similar disadvantage.

One of the difficulties the Bearcats face is adjusting their scouting report. When Central last practiced, it was in preparation for Jay County, a game for which Fine thought his team would want to push the tempo to a faster pace. When the Bearcats reconvene in preparation for Saturday’s game against the Royals, they will be preparing for an up-tempo opponent, a game in which the Bearcats will likely be the ones trying to slow things down.

“We don’t want that score to be up in the 80s, they’re too good for that,” Fine said. “They’re very talented.”

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