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Castle boys basketball program continues to gel despite early setback

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Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 10:42 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2022 at 12:44 AM CST
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PARADISE, Ind. (WFIE) - So far in the early stages of the 2021-22 season, the Castle boys basketball team sits with a 4-4 overall record under longtime head coach Brian Gibson.

After losing starting point guard Jackson Mitchell to foot surgery at the beginning of the season, Brayden Bishop rose to the occasion to help fill the void.

Even with the early loss of Mitchell, the Knights have no shortage of talent. Junior guard Weston Aigner is Castle’s leading scorer, and Coach Gibson said “no one plays harder than Wes” except for senior forward Caleb Niehaus, who has been a crucial leader on the floor.

“Everybody’s got their own little part, but everybody works together pretty well, and they all hustle, so that’s our main focus,” Niehaus said.

The unique factor with this team, as seen by the coaching staff, is their work ethic.

”This team plays harder than probably any other team that we’ve had in recent memory, and now they’ve started to add playing smart as well,” Gibson said.

On Tuesday, the Knights snapped their four-game losing streak, defeating Boonville in a 61-43 blowout victory.

“After that win against Boonville, we think we’re feeling pretty good, and got a good head of steam going into these next two games,” Aigner said.

Castle is slated to tip-off against Memorial on Friday night. One day later, the Knights will then play host to Barr-Reeve.

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