“Friendly confines” are not exactly words one might use to describe playing at Kenton High School.
And don’t let their winless 0-8 Western Buckeye League record fool you.
The Wildcats (4-13 overall) aren’t going to be a pushover when the Wapakoneta Redskins visit Friday night for the varsity boys basketball season finale for both teams.
“Kenton is a really dangerous team, despite their record,” Wapak coach Matt Bradley said.
The Wildcats got a late start to the season thanks to their run to the Division IV state championship game in football.
Senior forward Maty Mauk, Kenton’s standout quarterback, has been battling nagging injuries from football all season but is now healthy.
“They have two Division I athletes in Mauk and [Brice] Fackler that are underrated and underappreciated basketball players,” Bradley said. “We have to know where [Mauk] is at all times because he will make shots from nearly anywhere across half-court. We have to match Fackler’s toughness inside. A good start is crucial for us.”
The Redskins can expect to see a lot of man-to-man defense from Kenton.
Wapak is coming off a pair of wins at home over Shawnee and Coldwater last weekend and has a chance to finish with four league wins for the first time in five years.
The Redskins are 7-10 overall and 3-5 in league play.