Stephen Dumeyer | Reporter
The Avon Boys’ Varsity Basketball team’s 2019-2020 season has ended in defeat, as it eventually does for every team except for one. After a heartbreaking 55-49 loss to rival Brownsburg in the first game of Sectionals, the team looks ahead to next season.
Avon will only lose five seniors to graduation heading into next season. This will allow them to build up the youth of the team, which earned a 13-10 record this season.
Junior guard Mitch O’Mara said this will be a major focus next season.
“We’ve got a lot of guys coming back, and we’re hungry for another Sectional,” O’Mara said. “We will definitely have our eyes on another Sectional [win].”
In the 2018-2019 season, the Orioles won a very dramatic Sectional, where three of five games were finalized by just three points, and another game by only five. The polarizing result of this season’s Sectional proved to be humbling for the Avon Orioles.
“[We can] never take anything for granted,” O’Mara said. “[We have] to enjoy it.”
The season saw many ups and downs. These ranged from 20+ point blowouts of Terre Haute South Vigo, Mt. Vernon, Decatur Central, and Martinsville, to a pair of losses against rival Brownsburg, one by 24 points, and another by a six-point loss that ended the season.
The best moment for O’Mara came in the final regular season game, where senior Camden Melvin scored 15 points for a combined score of 33 seniority-driven points.
“[My favorite moment was] Senior Night,” O’Mara said. “[I watched] my seniors get final minutes [in] their last home game, and [we came] together to get a good win against Danville.”