After going down in defeat to North Coast Blue Chips (NCBC) in Akron in mid November, Coach Josh Helvie’s 2023 Team Teague squad exacted a little revenge in front of a standing room only crowd at the Best Choice Fieldhouse in Indianapolis this past weekend. With an incomplete roster of only 7 players, Team Teague stood toe to toe with NCBC for most for the first half, and found themselves down by only 1 point entering the break. Three times during the second half Teague Team led by 10 points before NCBC would eventually cut the lead to 2 points. By midway through the second period Team Teague started to pull away for good and would go on to get the 62-49 win.
According to Coach Helvie, the keys to the game were NCBC’s inability to stop penetration and to handle their pressure, which limited NCBC’s ability to get open looks. Reed Sheppard (5’3/PG, London, KY) was a monster for Team Teague, finishing with a game-high 25 points. Other Team Teague standouts included Boogie Helvie (4’11/P/SG/Zionsville, IN) who added 12 points and Merrick Macol (5’3/PF/Zionsville, IN). Despite their win, Helvie has a lot of respect for a loaded Blue Chips squad. “Hands down, they [NCBC] are a top 10 team nationally,” said Helvie. If the 2 nationally ranked teams don’t meet at the MLK tournament in Fort Wayne next month, look for the rematch at the Buckeye Prep Invitational April 1-3rd.