By Jon Gray
Basketball is arguably the defining sport of University. Walking into the average sectionals game, one could immediately spot the blue-and-white student section of UHS. Our Blazer boys received encouragement and support all throughout the 2016-17 season. While this season was one of ups and downs, we still came out on top.
The Trailblazers had an amazing start to the season. The first game was a conference match against Indianapolis Shortridge. At the end of the night, our Blazers came home with a decisive 74-31 victory over the Blue Devils. Junior David Howard was the highest scorer of the night, followed by Junior Ethan Sickels.
After this, the first quarter of the boys basketball season was a flurry of wins, only interrupted by a 60-43 loss against Park Tudor during the second game of the season. By the beginning of 2017, UHS had maintained a record of 8-3. In addition, the Blazers had solidified their lead in the conference standings with a 4-0 record at the start of 2017.
The first game of the new year was an away game against our school rivals, Tindley. The game saw a quick 6-point lead taken by the Blazers during the first quarter. Although they came out of the gate strong, our Trailblazers couldn’t hold onto their lead during the following quarter; at the end of the night, Tindley had taken the win with a score of 53-41.
The next notable game of the season would be our last conference game against Anderson Prep. This game was an overwhelming victory over Anderson, the visiting team, with a final score of 74-16. The highest scorers of the evening were Junior Ethan Sickels and Senior Josh Alford, both with 15 points each. This game tied up the UHS conference series, with the Blazers coming out on top with a 5-0 lead. By this time, the basketball team was wrapping up their season. Our senior night took place on February 17 at UHS. We honored seniors Josh Alford, Ben Glazier, Tyler Wott, Eric Jung, and Luke Hook.
This past week, the University Boys basketball team completed their 2016-17 season, as their sectionals run was cut short during their game against the Tindley Preparatory Academy Tigers. The final score was 52-33 in favor of the Tigers. Although we did not move on in sectionals, our Blazers had a favorable conference record. They maintained their top place in our conference bracket, with a record of 5-0. We also maintained a positive win-loss ratio, despite some of the challenges faced throughout the season. Though we will lose some of our Varsity squad as the school year ends, the UHS boys’ team still holds good prospects for the next year. Thanks to all of our Blazer seniors for once again giving UHS another great season of basketball!