Despite some disappointments, the future for this basketball team looks bright.
By Ryan Walker, Staff Writer
The 2020 Men’s Basketball season came down to a Tuesday night game between the Taylor Trojans and the Foresters. The winner would have an extremely high chance of making the Crossroads League end of the year tournament — the other would not make it.
After being down by double digits, the Foresters made a comeback effort. However, they still were down 72-70 with just seconds to go. Mason Degenkolb made a three-pointer to go up five, but Konner Platt missed a three-pointer, icing the game out. The Foresters’ season would finish the next Saturday to Marian, ranked fifth. This not only ends the Forester basketball season but the career of Konner Platt, who had an incredible year at Huntington in the shadows of his grandfather and father, Steve and Ty.
The Foresters will lose Andrew Yoder as well as Konner, both of whom can shoot the ball well. It won’t be an easy task to reload the talent. Who can step in? The junior forward and guard duo of Caleb Middlesworth and Peyton West can very easily pick up the scoring game. In just two years at HU, Middlesworth is a 1,000-point scorer who averaged 19.44 points per game this season, the team’s record. West will be leading the charge for HU at guard, picking up 13 points per contest. He hopes to pick up more with the loss of Platt and Yoder.
The Foresters also had impressive years from hometown hero Hank Pulver, who showed why he belongs in college basketball over the course of the season. Pulver can get it done by the basket and beyond the arc from three. Other guys off the bench and those who had spot starts this year will have a bigger impact as well. Guys like Spencer Ballinger and Klajd Kiri picked up good minutes and will assume the roles next season.