Eagle Boys BB 2021-22

The 2021-22 Brady Eagles boys’ basketball team includes in the front row from left: Rylie Shirk, Shane Most, Cooper Franzen and Dillon Miller. Back row from left: Kyler Lewis, Blake Lusk, Shawn McBride. Not pictured is Tayvier Mitchell.

Any time a basketball team has a good mix of speed and height, things are bound to work out in their favor. For the Brady boys’ basketball team, that mix has head coach Chris Blecha excited for all that’s to come in the season ahead.

“The combination of height and speed we have will definitely set these guys up for success,” he said. “Shane (Most) has long arms and set a school record for blocks last season. Blake (Lusk) is great about going up and getting balls. And we have runners who can get up the floor.”

Blecha said that the Eagles’ game plan this season is to push the tempo.

“We are going to get the ball out, get the ball up the court and look for layups,” he said. “Defensively, we are going to be pretty confident protecting the lane this year.”

The Eagles have been on the court for a little more than a week now, and in those first practices, Blecha said there’s a lot of growth he’s seeing in his club.

“Our core group is still here so most of our playing time from last season is still on the court,” he said. “We have made huge strides in growth from last season as far as maturity and focusing on the small things. It’s been great to see the guys making those adjustments.”

The overall goal of the season this year, Blecha said, was for the team to continue to grow. Because the Eagles have the majority of their team back from last season, the club knows what they need to fix in order to play at a higher level.

“A lot of our big-picture goals are pulled down into small-picture goals,” he said. “That includes rebounding and assists.”

The Eagles struggled in the assist department last season, and Blecha said that balancing that assist-to-turnover ratio would be a big piece to the 2021-22 season puzzle.

In addition, Blecha said that the Eagles would be looking to change things up this season on both ends of the floor.

“With the height we have, we don’t want the big guys spread out on defense so we are going to pack things in a little more and minimize any balls in the paint,” Blecha said. “Offensively, we plan to just run the ball. We plan to change some things up on offense because our big guys are quick and they can shoot so we have to tweak some of our offensive theory so our big guys can step out and take the open shot.”

Brady will see a number of good clubs on the court prior to the Christmas moratorium and Blecha said that there is not a single team to overlook.

“We have got a really good schedule,” he said. “We start off against a solid Garden County team. We will see Paxton and Maywood in the first two weeks and Maxwell before Christmas. Mullen is going to be stout this year, as well. The first six games of our schedule are against some solid teams.”

The Eagles will get the season started when they host Garden County on Dec. 3 at Brady High School.

Blecha said that the game plan against Garden County’s Eagles would be to limit mistakes and cut back on turnovers.

“Last year we struggled with turnovers,” he said. “If we limit mistakes and shoot confident shots we are going to be super successful.”

The Eagles tip off against Garden County on Dec. 3 at BHS. There are no junior varsity contests. The varsity boys will tip off following the conclusion of the 5 p.m. girls’ game.

Contact Rebecca Steward at rebecca@syndicatepub.com or call 308.537.9498