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March 20, 2013

SOLID FOUNDATION: Lynch one of Borden’s four standout seniors

On the Spot with Michael Lynch

BORDEN — The foundation of the Borden High School boys’ basketball team, which will play in the Class A state championship game on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis against Triton, has been its four seniors.

This quartet has provided the Class A No. 10 Braves (23-3) leadership and solid fundamental play throughout their historic 2012-13 season.

One of those seniors who has made contributions in both of those areas is 6-foot-2 forward Michael Lynch.

Lynch is averaging nine points and 4.2 rebounds per game this year. Plus he has held his own against opposing forwards and centers who are bigger than him throughout the season.

“He has the ability to score. He’s undersized, but he’s crafty. He‘s got a ton of heart,” Borden coach Doc Nash said. “He gets a lot of different things done for us. He brings rebounding to us, scoring points and defending [the other team’s biggest player].”

Nash says the main improvement Lynch has made since his freshman year is his confidence. The confidence boost has helped Lynch become a better shooter and more effective scorer.

“He’s confident in what he does now,” Nash said. “He wants the ball and he wants to score points for us. His jump shooting has gotten better over the years and his ability to finish. He’s gained a ton of physical strength and that’s gotten better for him. He’s more confident in everything he does.

“We try to get him established early and open up the inside game. When they worry about him, that opens up [teammate] Jalen [McCoy] on the perimeter.”

Nash also likes the way Lynch has evolved into a team leader.

“He‘s a leader that talks to his teammates,” Nash said. “His normal personality is he’s really quiet. But on the court, he talks and gets a lot of stuff done for us.”

On Tuesday afternoon, News and Tribune sports reporter Kevin Harris traveled to Borden High School to talk to Lynch about the amazing state tournament run he and his teammates have been on this season.

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