COLUMBUS – The Columbus varsity boys basketball team is looking to build more consistency this year after an up-and-down 2017-18 campaign.
The Discoverers were never quite able to gain traction last season, as Columbus would follow up a three or four game winning streak with a three or four game losing streak. Head Coach Jimmy Motz attributed the uneven nature of last season to injury issues, and the Discoverers being unable to finish winnable games, especially at home.
This year may prove to be difficult in gaining that traction though, as the Discoverers four top scorers from last season have all graduated. Each of the four, Michael Koch, Jazper Ackerson, Andy Pike, and Blake Petersen, all accounted for double-digit points per game last year.
Despite the loss of top-tier talent, Motz says that Columbus is actually a deeper team than in years past, and that practice has been competitive as players jockey for their positions. Motz says that the competitive nature of practice has been making it tough for the coaches due to how hard everyone has been working.
Columbus will begin the season at home on Friday night against the Beatrice Orangemen, who defeated the Discoverers in last year’s season opener 44-40. Motz says that the plan is to keep things simplified for his young team, and that playing with energy and effort will be a good starting point.
The Discoverers and the Orangemen tip-off at Columbus High School on Friday night at 7:30. Click the link below for a video preview!