“We still got in, we just couldn’t hit our 3s like we usually do.”
The Kings nearly pulled off an improbable run to the state finals considering they were about a .500 team the previous two years. But after the hard work and development of their senior leaders, maybe the run was not so improbable after all.
“It just shows that heart helps you win,” Keisling said.
The Cass standout added he is weighing his options on where to play college basketball. He said as of now his favorite is Judson University, an NAIA school in the Chicago suburbs.
The following are capsules of the rest of the 2014 All-Loganland boys basketball team.
Blake Hadley, Cass
Hadley and Keisling formed a 1-2 punch at guard for the Kings that will be difficult to replace.
“We will miss them,” Kitchel said. “I don’t know. When you lose 48 points a game from six seniors, it’ll be an interesting year. [Ryan] Bixler and the Ohman boys will have to be big and we’ll have to have some people separate themselves from the JV.”
Hadley was a similar player to Keisling and they both had a similar ascent in Kings uniforms.
They both earned starting roles in the second half of their freshman seasons. They were both little freshmen who grew and gained a lot of muscle over the years.
This year the duo attacked the rim with abandon and were able to consistently finish tough shots in the lane against taller opponents. Their ball-handling and hard-nosed defense was also a key to the team’s success.
“They got to the rim and scored or got to the foul line,” Kitchel said. “Both of them got to the foul line a lot this year. The biggest thing is they were competitors. They competed all year. There were some games we could have folded and they dug a little deeper. They did the things that winners do and that was a big part of our success.”