Undefeated Springfield talks perfection

Springfield Tigers boys basketball

NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH (WKBN) – Perfection is hard to come nowadays…especially in high school sports. But the Springfield boys basketball team recently capped off a perfect regular season. 22 games, and 22 wins, running the table for just the second time in school history.

“We didn’t really talk about it a lot,” said head coach Eric Fender. “We talk about the little goals, we try and focus on each team…whatever game is coming up next, that’s our first, main focus. We wanted to take care of the league, once we got done with the league, we wanted to finish the season.”

And with a 15 point win over Salem last Friday, the Tigers remained unscathed…a perfect 22-0. so how did they do it?

“The biggest thing, like with the going undefeated, sorry gotta knock on wood a little bit,” said senior Mark Schuler.

“We always gotta knock on wood, just in case,” said senior Brandon Chamberlain.

“We don’t wanna mess the flow up, so we just gotta keep trying to do what we do,” said junior Graham Mincher.

Superstitious or not, Springfield’s play on the court has done the talking. Behind seven seniors, and the fiery leading scorer Mincher.

“If you take all five of the guys on our team, they’re not gonna make first team all league in every category,” said senior Hunter Snyder. “But we just seem to work well. When you get us all together, we work tremendously well.”

“We’ve been playing a long time,” said Chamberlain. “We grew up together, so I guess, ya it really helps.”

” I know they’ve always like have my back,” said Mincher. “So it’s just been a journey and playing with them, it’s really just clicked this year.”

That chemistry has helped the Tigers capture their fourth straight ITCL title, and boosted Coach Fender to 100 wins in just six seasons at the school.

“For me as a coach, to be able to just not even worry about the outside stuff,” said Fender. “Just be able to come in every day, not have any problems or anything like that. They don’t give us attitude, they just come in, they work hard, and they want to get better.”

And their run isn’t done yet…they go for number 23 in the first round of the state tournament Friday night against Southern.

“Twenty-two games is a lot,” said Fender. “But to go 22-0, it’s also something special and it’s something that I hope a long time from now they’ll look back on it and smile at it.”

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