Memorial looks to defend sectional title

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – As the high school boy’s basketball season draws near, the Memorial Tigers believe they can build off last year and have high expectations for their campaign.

Michael Gilbert has the report.

(Michael Gilbert)
Memorial looks to build off last season. The Tigers are looking to build off last season. Memorial won a sectional title and reached the regional semifinal. Despite losing key pieces like Branson Combs, Sam DeVault and Michael Lindauer, Coach Wilgus says he’s keeping his teams expectations high for this year.

(Rick Wilgus)
We won sectional last year and we aren’t ready to give it up and we feel like it’s ours and we aren’t ready to give it up and it’s where it belongs. We have a certain peak we have to perform to and it’s just going to take sometime. Everyone is going to have to have patience but we have to be demanding but we know this is a process.

(Cade Graham)
It motivates us we are trying to prove things like we aren’t going to fall back on what we did last year, we are trying to prove something. We play hard, the football guys come in and fresh off winning state and they are bringing a new mindset follow along with them.”

(Logan Lively)
It’s going to be tough to see how we react after losing a couple of key guys like Branson and Michael last year, we don’t necessarily have the height but I think we can make it up in heart and play hard. It’s always a big deal to try to get back to where you were last year and get even farther so we are going to have to work hard and try to get back to there.

The Tigers kick off their season against Barr Reeve on Tuesday at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Reporting from Memorial’s practice, Michael Gilbert, Home Team Friday

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(This story was originally published on December 5, 2019)

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