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November 19, 2012

HOOPS PICKS: Basketball season is finally here

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — TUESDAY

HENRYVILLE (0-0) AT SILVER CREEK (0-0), BOYS

This is a great rivalry. One of my favorites, along with Jeff-New Albany. Schools of different sizes separated by just a few miles. It just doesn’t get any better.

The Hornets’ and Dragons’ rosters were depleted by graduation. Neither seems to be serious conference or sectional contenders this season. None of that will matter tonight.

I like Silver Creek in this matchup for two reasons — home court and a returning coach in Brandon Hoffman.

Henryville will win under Dan Carmony. One 10-minute visit with him and it was apparent that he’s a winner and he’ll have the Hornets competing for championships soon. Just probably not this year. Not with two players who have ever seen a varsity court.

Both of these teams will have a lot of proving themselves to do this year, but it should be a good start for Creek.

THE PICK: Silver Creek 59, Henryville 49.

BORDEN (0-0) AT EASTERN (0-0), BOYS

Borden may be the most interesting — and unpredictable — team in our area.

The Braves are proven winners and they have everyone of significance back except Brandon Beam. That’s a big “except.”

Beam ran the Braves last year. He always had the ball in his hands and was an excellent scorer. If there was one player in the area who made his team go, it was Beam. Needless to say, it’s a big loss.

Cody Bachman is back after missing all of last season. If he’s fully healed, that should help a lot. But he won’t replace Beam’s court presence.

If Borden can find a suitable replacement for Beam — and it may take a team effort to do so — they’ll be good. Really good. Possibly as good as last year’s 22-2 team.

Either way, they’ll open with a win, even on the road.

THE PICK: Borden 67, Eastern 58.

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