MADISON TOWNSHIP- After going 12-10 and 6-8 in the OCC the Madison boys basketball team is gearing up for their opener at home on Saturday, December 2nd vs Olentangy.
"I've got seven seniors this year," says head coach Tim Mergel. All great kids. Their putting in the work right now and practice seems to be going pretty well."
Mergel says the team's defense has been the most consistent through the preseason. "I think anytime you think of a Madison team you start with defense and it's no different this year. We're gonna hang our hat on that, but we have the ability with our offensive firepower to get up and down the floor. With the type of personnel we have, we're gonna play a little different style of basketball. But defense is always gonna be a constant."
"Our defense is really good that's one of the strong points right now," says senior Kyle Jackson. "We just need to work on some rotations right now and clean up some little stuff."
Another strength according to St.Peter's transfer Mason Campbell who grew up in Madison is familiarity. "The strength is we all know each other from back in the day. We're all friends and we have chemistry it just never went away."
Says Mergel about his new player, "He is definitely an added element about what we're bringing to the table. Mason has a good skill set about him. He can step out behind the arc and he is 6'4" he can bang a little bit. he adds more depth to what we're doing and expands what we do offensively."
With Shelby's deep playoff run in football, the team's game against the Whippets has been postponed. But Madison will still open that weekend on a Saturday against Olentangy. "Thankful for us, we were scheduled a back-to-back," says Mergel. At the beginning of the year, you look at it and say, man back-to-back to start the season but now it's a good thing because I know the kids are ready for it."
"I wanted to start off with Shelby," says Jackson. But that means we get to start off at home. I'm excited about it."