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Reitz boys basketball sets high expectations for 2021-22 season

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Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 10:41 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2022 at 12:13 AM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Reitz boys basketball team (5-2) is now sitting near the top of the SIAC with a 4-1 record in conference play.

The Panthers have a historically dominant program with standout alumni, which include NBA G League player Dru Smith, Indiana University sophomore guard Khristian Lander, as well as University of Southern Indiana all-time leading scorer Alex Stein.

However, this team has an identity of its own.

“Expectations are high, we want to do well,” Reitz head coach Michael Adams said. “Right now, us currently, we’ve won that sectional out there two years in a row, we won a three-peat, which is going to be a tough challenge, but that’s the objective.”

The Panthers are led by returning four-year starter Gavin Schippert, who Adams calls the “ultimate teammate.”

”Right now, I think what’s clicking is our team chemistry,” Schippert said. “These are my best friends on and off the court, I hang out with them every day. I think we know each other’s strengths and play to our strengths.”

Reitz also returns starting junior point guard Isaac Higgs, along with key seniors Koston McReynold (who is averaging in double figures), Jonathan Stumpf and Kabryen “KT” Tinson, who’s coming off a football injury.

Every season, the program comes up with a slogan written on the practice jerseys. This year, the theme is “play hard, play smart, and play together.”

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