Pioneer’s boys basketball program enjoyed a run of winning four straight sectional titles, a run that culminated in a 21-4 season this winter.
Two key figures from that run were back in action on Saturday, as coach Pat Skaggs and point guard Brandon Scruggs were members of the White team at the Class 1A/2A All-Star boys game at the New Castle Fieldhouse.
The duo helped the White team defeat the Red team 72-68.
Scruggs hit two 3-pointers and added a runner in the lane for eight points in the win.
“I had a great time,” Scruggs said. “Being coached by Skaggs was nice after I thought we were done.
“As far as the game goes obviously everyone there had a high basketball IQ. Everyone there was a good player. We won the game which made it sweeter, too. Everyone was unselfish and shared the ball; it wasn’t one guy taking every shot. It was a blast. It was an honor to be asked to play. I had never played at New Castle. They have a very nice gym.”
Winamac’s Zach Shidler hit two 3-pointers for six points in the contest for the Red team. Delphi’s Cole Murray played for the White team and had five points.
Scruggs will play college ball at Franklin College. He said he met future teammate Cody Federman of South Ripley. Scruggs and Federman will take part in the Steve Alford Basketball Camp at Franklin this week.
Scruggs said he is getting scholarship money to attend Franklin and that he will major in accounting and minor in finance.
Two of Scruggs’ teammates at Pioneer will attend the University of Indianapolis. Matt Dorris will run track and Stephen Whitlock will play football at the U of I. Scruggs said Mitchell Williams will attend Indiana University.
Skaggs, who recently took the coaching job at Logansport, was happy to coach Scruggs one last time.
“He was a very special player. Good things happen to good people,” he said. “Obviously he put his time into basketball. He was very worthy of being selected to play in the game.”