GREENWICH — The South Central boys’ basketball team has been flying under the radar all season.
That’s just the way head coach Brett Seidel likes it.
The Trojans are off to one of the quietest 9-2 starts in recent memory.
Did anyone see this coming?
South Central finished 4-17 last season, but returned many of the players off that squad.
Seidel knew things could go either way this year.
“We were 4-17 last year and our four wins were against Mapleton twice, Crestline and Temple Christian,” Seidel said. “I don’t think any of those teams had more than three or four wins as well.”
Seidel said last season ended with a thud as the Trojans were defeated in their first tournament game against Crestline, a team they had previously beaten in the regular season.
“Well, we knew after last season we had all but a couple players returning for this season,” the coach said.
Seidel said he could see a transformation taking place from the time last season ended, to over the summer and then into the current season.
“The kids’ attitudes and interest — they have bought in,” he said. “And that goes along with a lot of experience we had returning.”
A turning point might have come in the summer as the group headed out of state for some competition.
“We took a bunch of kids to a West Virginia shootout,” he said. “We played several county schools there and competed. A few of the schools there were four or five times bigger than us.”
Then, this season began.
“We started 3-0,” Seidel said. “Then we lost by two to Crestview and six to Western Reserve and since we have won six in a row.”
The Trojans have a pair of big Firelands Conference home games this weekend. First, Plymouth visits on Friday and then Crestview comes to town Saturday.
“We really are taking it game by game,” Seidel said. “We’re not looking any further ahead than Plymouth.”
The Trojans have been paced this year by senior Cody Fishbaugh.
“We have been blessed with several shooters,” Seidel said. “The Fishbaugh kid has led us, but on any given night different kids have stepped into that role. We’ve had some balance.”
Seidel said the troops are learning every possession counts.
“They are learning it takes four quarters,” he said. “Not just when they want to or when they need to. It is a learning process for all of us. We are really unified now.”
The boys’ success on the court has been coupled this season with the resurgence of the girls’ program, which is off to a 6-5 start.
“We have a good relationship — coach to coach,” Seidel said about working with girls’ head coach Becky Hintz. Hintz’s son, Austin, plays for the boys’ team.
“The kids are excited and I think the community is a little excited as well,” the coach added.