Coal City loses games, gains experience

MORRIS – It wasn’t the easiest of days for the Coal City’s boys basketball team at the 29th Annual Morris Boys Shootout on Wednesday.

The Coalers started the day off with a 58-21 loss to a powerful Bolingbrook team before falling, 49-35, to Ottawa and 68-30, to Galesburg.

However, for coach Brad Boresi, after losing four-year players such as Nick Peters and Brennan Shetina from last year’s club because of graduation, this summer is more about the quantity of time spent on the court.

“The minutes are the most important thing for us this summer,” Boresi said. “We knew that all five games we are going to play in this tournament are going to be tough ones. That’s why we don’t get hung up on wins and losses during something like this. It’s about looking at the players you have and getting them more time together.

“Our game against Ottawa was probably our best game of the day, and our game against Bolingbrook was probably second. The third one we played, against Galesburg, I can’t say much about that one other than it was one of three games that the kids got to play.”

The Coalers will play at least twice on Thursday, starting at 8 a.m.

“We like to come over here,” Boresi said. “It gives us a chance to see teams that we otherwise wouldn’t see. It helps prepare us for the postseason to play against tough teams like that, and even for some of the better teams we will play during our regular season.

“Tomorrow, we wrap up our summer schedule, so I hope the kids go home, get some rest tonight and come out ready to play.”