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Ontario Prepping For Willard, First NOL Season

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 12/4/2013

It's been a typical fast start to the Ontario basketball season, beginning with a pair of wins over Bucyrus and Upper Sandusky last weekend. Thanks in part to a winning mentality that has been cultured within the program after several season's of past success.

Long-time Ontario head coach Joe Balogh believes his veteran team has carried over a winning mentality from last year's 20-win squad. Balogh also says he tries to coach in a manner that forecasts success for his players.

"As a coaching staff, we go in and we try to prepare that we expect to win every game." Balogh says. "When you get your players believing in that, it makes our job just a little bit more easy."

Balogh's players have bought into this concept and say that expectations are high every time they step on the hardwood.

"We expected to win these games." Junior guard Paul Homan says of the teams first two contests. Fellow junior guard Lenell Shelby III says he feels the same way, but doesn't think the team is getting ahead of themselves after just one solid weekend.

"Just because we win two games it doesn't mean anything." Shelby says. "I feel like we have a lot more to go."

While Homan shares this sentiment, he also says the team is very confident right now and will try and carry that into their conference schedule. The team will open their first season in the Northern Ohio League on Friday when they host Willard, a team the Warriors are very familiar with after falling to them a season ago.

Homan says that the team will be keying on a few select Crimson Flashes, but the game plan will be one "that best fits our play." Balogh says his team is "excited about the challenge" of competing in the NOL, after the program spent that last several decades in the NCC. He also says there's been a lot of chatter about how the Warriors would compete in their new conference and would like to show that his program is "for real" in the league.

The Warriors and Crismson Flashes can be seen in it's entirety on WOHZ TV Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. and at 3 p.m. Sunday on WMFD. Highlights and analysis from the contest will also be featured on WMFD's Scores and More LIVE Friday night at 11:30.

   
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