GAME PREVIEW: Mudsock Boys Basketball

Noah Spirek

Tonight, the Hamilton Southeastern Royals (2-3) host the visiting Fishers Tigers (5-1) in the annual Mudsock basketball game. As per usual, this is a highly anticipated event, and a very large crowd should be on hand tonight. While the records are contrasting, both teams are 1-0 in conference play, and this is always a good game, as each time these two teams play, there is always potential for a classic moment. Tipoff is set for 7:30 in the Hamilton Southeastern Varsity Gym, and the game will also be streamed right here on

To this point, HSE has struggled a little bit, fighting its way to a 2-3 record in its first five games of the season. However, two of their losses were by single digits, and their point differential is +1 on the season, so this is a squad that should not be overlooked. This is a team that relies heavily on senior Sam Jacobs, who leads the team with 18.8 PPG. The next closest scorer is junior Rephaim Stevenson, who adds an even 10 PPG. Tonight, the Royals will need a lift from other contributors, as the Tigers defense will look to lock down Jacobs and Stevenson, and make other players step up.

On the other side, the Fishers Tigers enjoyed a 5-0 start to their season, with their only loss coming last game against the 4-2 Carmel Greyhounds. The Tigers benefit from a balanced offense, with four players scoring in double-figures. Jeffery Simmons (15.3) leads FHS in scoring, and is followed closely by Jalen Haralson (15.2), Bryce Williams (11.8), and Charlie Smith (10.8). Hamilton Southeastern will need to put in their best defensive effort of the season tonight against a team that can score in bunches.

For the Royals to get a win tonight, look for them to focus on getting open looks from deep, to try to keep pace with Fishers. HSE has some strong three-point shooters on their team, and they will need to connect on those looks tonight if they want to pull the upset. Also, expect HSE to slow the pace of the game, which would lower the number of possessions that Fishers gets on offense. This could be a good way to make the Tigers feel uncomfortable, and it will keep the game highly competitive.

For the visiting Tigers, they need to rebound the ball strongly on the defensive end. Fishers has a scoring advantage in this one, but if they let the Royals get second chances on the offensive glass, the Royals will use their size to overpower the Tigers. On offense, the Tigers need to limit their turnovers. This will be a very physical game, and Fishers needs to control the tempo and not let the raucous HSE environment impact the Tigers’ offense. The Royals will be aggressive on defense, so it is important for Fishers to hold on to the ball and provide their scorers with opportunities.

It should be a good game throughout, and for the HSE supporters attending tonight, the theme is “Blue Out” so be sure to wear blue and represent your Royal pride!

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