Although the Edinburgh boys basketball team lost five starters to graduation from last year’s regional championship squad, coach Drew Glentzer is certain the Lancers are set for another winning campaign.
That’s because Class A Edinburgh returns five letter winners from that 23-3 team a year ago and once again will start five experienced seniors.
“It’s one of those things where our kids this year got to practice against one of the best (Class A) teams in the state in our starters last year,” Glentzer said. “They had a chance to practice against them every day, so I don’t know what better rehearsal they could have for this season.
“I think they understand the leadership the seniors last year provided. And I look for that same thing this year from our seniors. And we’re going to be senior-laden again.”
Last season, Edinburgh won its first regional crown in 61 years before falling to eventual state champion Loogootee 61-50 in the semistate.
This year, the Lancers’ starters include three players who each averaged eight minutes per game last season — seniors Caleb Giles, Trent Tatlcok and Ryan Burton.
Giles is a 6-foot-1 guard who scored five points per game last season. Tatlock, a 6-foot, 210-pound forward, was a captain for Edinburgh’s football team. And Burton is a 6-2 forward.
“So they averaged a quarter a game each last year,” Glentzer said. “Now we have a chance for these role players to become starters.”