High school basketball teams take part in outdoor event in New Albany

High school boys and girls basketball teams from both Indiana and Kentucky participated in a unique event Friday in New Albany. The weather definitely cooperated.”(It) worked out with a perfect day here with 80 degrees and sunshine and a little bit of a breeze,” said Roger Jeffers, superintendent of Floyd County Parks and Recreation. “Low humidity, so, couldn’t ask for anything better.”The Kentuckiana Summer Basketball League and Floyd County Parks and Recreation joined forces to host the first KSBL Outdoor Night, a night of basketball on two outdoor courts (Romeo Langford Court and Phillips Pavilion Court) at Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park. “It’s pretty cool to see a lot of players that you’ve played against or played with over the years,” said Providence center Charlie Scott. “And it’s pretty cool to be in a spot that a lot of people just play pick-up basketball in and it’s more loose that way.” Multiple games were played throughout the late afternoon and evening:4 pm EST – Girls: Clarksville vs. Portland Christian 4 pm EST – Girls: Silver Creek vs. Sacred Heart5 pm EST – Boys: Team Southern Indiana Grassroots 2028 Showcase5 pm EST – Boys: Clarksville vs. Beth Haven6 pm EST – Boys: Charlestown vs. DeSales6 pm EST – Boys: Providence vs. Butler7 pm EST – Boys: New Albany vs. Manual7 pm EST – Boys: Corydon vs. Bullitt East8 pm EST – Boys: Jeffersonville vs. Male8 pm EST – Boys: Floyd Central vs. Evangel”Being in Louisville, we always have the Dirt Bowl tournament, and some of our kids like to play in that,” said Butler High School boys basketball head coach Kevin Geary. “So for them to be able to get that kind of atmosphere, but also be playing for their school, it’s super awesome for them.”It’s “super awesome” for them because it’s not every day you get to represent your school while playing basketball at a park. “It’s way different,” said Beth Haven guard Jordan Harris. “It affects your shot a lot. So, that’s a big difference.”Not only did the players have to adjust to potential wind affecting their shots, but they also had to adjust to playing on a surface.”We can’t dive on the floor for loose balls or anything,” joked Charlestown guard Tre Martin. “You can’t just take charges or anything like that.” Of course, the players still gave it their all to help their teams win. It toughens them up,” said Beth Haven boys basketball head coach Michael Stinnett. “It’s a whole different ballgame out here on the concrete. But we really enjoyed it.”The coaches enjoyed it and so did the players since participating in events like these will help the teams come the season. “It helps us to learn how to play with each other and really get to know each other before the season,” said Charlestown guard Austin Pickerell. After the event, multiple coaches and programs tweeted out their praise of the event, which was organized by Matt Denison, director of the KSBL.

High school boys and girls basketball teams from both Indiana and Kentucky participated in a unique event Friday in New Albany.

The weather definitely cooperated.

“(It) worked out with a perfect day here with 80 degrees and sunshine and a little bit of a breeze,” said Roger Jeffers, superintendent of Floyd County Parks and Recreation. “Low humidity, so, couldn’t ask for anything better.”

The Kentuckiana Summer Basketball League and Floyd County Parks and Recreation joined forces to host the first KSBL Outdoor Night, a night of basketball on two outdoor courts (Romeo Langford Court and Phillips Pavilion Court) at Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park.

“It’s pretty cool to see a lot of players that you’ve played against or played with over the years,” said Providence center Charlie Scott. “And it’s pretty cool to be in a spot that a lot of people just play pick-up basketball in and it’s more loose that way.”

Multiple games were played throughout the late afternoon and evening:

  • 4 pm EST – Girls: Clarksville vs. Portland Christian
  • 4 pm EST – Girls: Silver Creek vs. Sacred Heart
  • 5 pm EST – Boys: Team Southern Indiana Grassroots 2028 Showcase
  • 5 pm EST – Boys: Clarksville vs. Beth Haven
  • 6 pm EST – Boys: Charlestown vs. DeSales
  • 6 pm EST – Boys: Providence vs. butler
  • 7 pm EST – Boys: New Albany vs. Manual
  • 7 pm EST – Boys: Corydon vs. Bullitt East
  • 8 pm EST – Boys: Jeffersonville vs. Male
  • 8 pm EST – Boys: Floyd Central vs. Evangel

“Being in Louisville, we always have the Dirt Bowl tournament, and some of our kids like to play in that,” said Butler High School boys basketball head coach Kevin Geary. “So for them to be able to get that kind of atmosphere, but also be playing for their school, it’s super awesome for them.”

It’s “super awesome” for them because it’s not every day you get to represent your school while playing basketball at a park.

“It’s way different,” said Beth Haven guard Jordan Harris. “It affects your shot a lot. So, that’s a big difference.”

Not only did the players have to adjust to potential wind affecting their shots, but they also had to adjust to playing on a harder surface.

“We can’t dive on the floor for loose balls or anything,” joked Charlestown guard Tre Martin. “You can’t just take charges or anything like that.”

Of course, the players still gave it their all to help their teams win.

“It toughens them up,” said Beth Haven boys basketball head coach Michael Stinnett. “It’s a whole different ballgame out here on the concrete. But we really enjoyed it.”

The coaches enjoyed it and so did the players since participating in events like these will help the teams come the season.

“It helps us to learn how to play with each other and really get to know each other before the season,” said Charlestown guard Austin Pickerell.

After the event, multiple coaches and programs tweeted out their praise of the event, which was organized by Matt Denison, director of the KSBL.

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