The Riverside boys’ varsity basketball team, led by first-year coach Daniel Hickman, recently had the opportunity to play on the Indiana Pacers NBA basketball court.
Row left to right: Jesse Kean, Tyler Sanford, Trey Helmlinger, Dakota Bollinger, Ross StevensSecond row left to right: Coach Chuck Stevens, Kurt Walters, Kolt Shough, Dalton Bollinger, Tanner Lane, Landon Kelsey, Shane Crawford, Coach Chad Kean, and Head Coach Daniel Hickman
Team members played a scrimmage against the Miami East varsity basketball team, and then stayed to watch the Pacers take on the Milwaukee Bucks.
“It was a cool experience,” senior and starting point guard Kolt Shough said. “Not many high school players get a chance to play on an NBA floor. It was fun for everyone on the team and those community members who went to watch.
“The scrimmage went well and we got some good experience. We played really well.”
Teammate Landon Kelsey, a sophomore, also enjoyed the trip.
“It was fun and a good learning experience for the team and every player on a personal level. The team feels more like a family.”
In addition to Landon and Kolt, the starting five for Riverside included Dalton Bollinger, senior center; Tanner Lane, junior forward, and Jesse Kean, sophomore wing.
“Going to Indianapolis and playing in an NBA stadium is not something that every high school basketball player gets to do,” Coach Hickman said. “I think this is a great way to get our kids excited about the season and excited about playing basketball this year.”