By Will Willems
The Lebanon Tigers boys basketball team will look different in 2012-13.
The Tigers lost four starters — and 65 percent of their scoring — from a team that spent a majority of the past two seasons ranked in the top 5 of the polls.
“I think we are going to take it one game at a time, and try to get better and look at the things that will make us improve from game to game,” Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix said. “I think the ultimate goal is to win a sectional and a regional then semi-state and state championship, but right now we are concentrating on what can we do today to get better for North Putnam on Saturday.”
Lebanon scrimmaged Fishers Saturday.
Hendrix said it was good to play a quality team prior to the season starting.
“Overall, I thought we did an OK job,” Hendrix said. “We have a lot of room to get better. It is early in the season and that is what we have the scrimmage for. Fishers is a really good, quick, athletic basketball team. They shoot the ball well and do a good job of getting in the passing lanes, which was good for us because we have a lack of experience at the guard position. We can go back and watch the film and really learn from what happened today. It will help us prepare for the end of the year. Not necessarily down the road (when we play them in the regular season), but to get better as we go down the stretch.”
The Tigers do return two key contributers in Cord Barricklow and Caleb Brannon.
Brannon was second on the team in scoring last season, scoring 13.4 points a game. He also hit 38 percent of his 3-pointers, best on the team.
Barricklow scored 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds a contest.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter.