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Boys Basketball Undefeated with 35 Consecutive Conference Wins

The stats are impressive.

  • Senior guard Addison Atwater broke the school record for assists with 295 before the regular season was over. (Jared Klein held it in 2012.)
  • The team is averaging 72.5 points per game, potentially a single-season program record if they keep up the pace.
  • They are also on pace to set the record for fewest points allowed per game.
  • The team averages 19 assists per game and have eight players between six and 17 points per game.

Head Coach Matt Dennis says these stats are uncommon, and show the unselfishness of this team, which is what he feels is behind their success. “There is a saying that hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. We have talent that is working very hard and unselfishly.” Also notable, is how much fun they have with each other. “Winning does help loosen things up a bit, but I've coached other teams that have had success and not all teams get along like this team. They share the ball with each other, they cheer each other on, and push each other to make each other better.”

With their lopsided games, they know they’re a target, especially as the post-season nears. The biggest hurdle will be staying focused, “We need to be ready to focus on how to continue to improve and execute against each opponent,” he says, “We can’t expect this to happen each night beginning with the conference championship game and then district play.”

Coach Dennis feels there’s a good chance they can win a Conference Championship and be competitive for the District title. But it won’t be easy. “Our draw in district play is Wayland, and they are the team that upset us last year in districts. The players remember this game and it has been part of our motivation this year. I know our players will be up for the challenge when we face Wayland. The rest of the district is a bit unknown, with the exception of Plainwell who we wouldn't see until the championship game if both teams make it that far.”

For now, it’s one game at a time and enjoying each moment

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