Royals tested their mettle at Wabash Shootout, Indiana Wesleyan

CHARLOTTESVILLE — When the Eastern Hancock boys basketball team opens its 2014-15 season Nov. 26 at Centerville, Aaron Spaulding will begin his 16th season coaching the Royals.

“It goes quick,” Spaulding said with a laugh.

The summer also moves briskly for high school basketball teams in Indiana, and EH had a full schedule in June.

The Royals attended the Super Hoops camp at Indiana Wesleyan from June 27-29, going up against the likes of Barr-Reeve (2013-14 Class A semistate champ), defending Class A regional champion Clay City and Hagerstown Sectional title-holder Northeastern. They played 11 games in three days.

“The competition is really, really good,” said Spaulding, who is 171-160 at EH following a 16-6 campaign last winter. “That’s why we go there. It really pushes us and let’s us know where we’re at. It’s a good camp for us.”

Spaulding’s hoopsters also attended the Wabash Shootout at Wabash College on June 20. There, the Royals faced Benton Central, Knightstown, Southmont and teams from Illinois. They finished 4-2.

“It was a good day,” said Spaulding, who admitted Knightstown got the better of his shorthanded squad. “We started at 9 a.m., played all day and went home exhausted.”

The blue and white also took part in games at Knightstown’s Hoosier Gym on June 8. With many of his players involved in other sports, Spaulding doesn’t place an emphasis on winning during the summer.

“We’re looking for combinations of players and how they play together. If we’re moving a kid to a different spot, we want to see how he responds,” Spaulding said. “We have new things we’re trying, and we don’t want to have to experiment when the games matter. We can experiment during the summer.”

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