EVANSVILLE -- Harrison High School athletics director Andre Thomas saw an opportunity to showcase basketball in Evansville.
He was a fan of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference tournament. It was a sad moment for him when it ended because of conference expansion two years ago. This also left an opening on the schedule.
So, he and Warriors coach Nathan Fleenor brought forward an idea to continue the spirit of that event.
The second annual Banterra Bank Warrior Showcase returns this weekend with 11 games involving several local schools — Harrison, Central, Reitz, Bosse and Castle. Thomas hopes to get others involved in the future.
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The cost is $10 per day or $15 for the entire weekend. Nearly every game will be played at Harrison. There are no attendance restrictions, a change from last year.
"It's nice to bring teams in here on a weekend when no one is playing and we can showcase our talent," said Thomas. "I think it's good for us to see teams from Illinois and Kentucky. It presents a pretty good day of basketball for everybody. We're just excited to host it and hope people continue to support it."
Let's take a look at a player to watch from each team. The full schedule is below.
Players to watch
Weston Aigner, Castle: The junior filled the void nicely after most of the starting lineup graduated. The 6-3 guard averages 17.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
Josiah Dunham, Evansville Christian: The sophomore guard will be a household name locally soon. He's averaging 26.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He was offered by UE this fall.
Seth Doss, Springfield: The 6-6 junior will be a tough matchup inside for all three opponents. Doss recently had 26 points in a win over Decatur MacArthur. One of the top players in the CS8 Conference in Illinois.
Kale Gaither, Madisonville-North Hopkins: One of the top players in Western Kentucky. The senior leads the Maroons with 22.1 points on 39 percent shooting from deep.
Ian Hart, McCracken County: The 6-7 junior forward leads the Mustangs with 15.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. McCracken, ranked No. 12 in the latest state poll, also averages seven threes per game.
Blake Herdes, Central: The do-everything guard is having another solid season. The 6-3 junior averages 15.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Bears. He had his best game of the season (26 points and eight boards) against Bosse.
Isaac Higgs, Reitz: Higgs has been a lightning rod for the Panthers. The junior leads the team with 18.4 points per game. He poured in a career-high 31 against Boonville on Tuesday.
Jordan Miles, Christian County: The sophomore leads the Colonels with 14.1 points. A two-sport athlete (football) with a lot of upside.
Jahni Summers, Harrison: The senior could be primed for a major weekend. The 6-5 guard leads the Warriors with 17.2 points and 5.8 rebounds to go with 2.8 assists. Summers scored 25 against North on Tuesday.
Jalen Tyus, John Hardin: The senior guard averages nearly 20 points per game for the Bulldogs. Had 32 points (six threes) and eight assists in a December win over St. Xavier (Ky.).
Matthew Wagner, Bosse: The senior continues to be one of the top guards in the SIAC. Wagner has the ability to beat defenses with his shot or pass. He totaled 10 assists in a victory against Central this week.
Koby Wilmoth, Centralia: The 6-7 junior is considered one of the top shooters in Southern Illinois. The reigning South 7 Conference MVP is averaging 16 points.
Banterra Bank Warrior Showcase
Friday, January 14
Central vs Evansville Christian, 5 p.m.
Bosse vs Springfield Southeast (Ill.), 6:30 p.m. (played at Bosse)
Harrison vs Christian County (Ky.), 6:30 p.m.
Reitz vs John Hardin (Ky.), 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 15
Castle vs Springfield Southeast (Ill.), 9 a.m.
Bosse vs Christian County (Ky.), 10:45 a.m.
Central vs McCracken County (Ky.), 12:30 p.m.
Reitz vs Centralia (Ill.), 2:15 p.m.
Harrison vs Springfield Southeast (Ill.), 4 p.m.
Castle vs Christian County (Ky.), 5:45 p.m.
Bosse vs Madisonville-North Hopkins (Ky.), 7:30 p.m.
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