Aultman Alliance Neighborhood Hospital Athlete of the Week

Sebring McKinley’s Scott Boston shoots a layup in first-half motion towards Southington Chalker on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

SEBRING — Two basketball video games do not make a whole season.

For Sebring junior guard Scott Boston, the Trojans’ 41-32 win over the Leetonia Bears eliminated any self-doubt about being able to play varsity hoops. He led Sebring scorers with 16 factors, serving to head coach Lee Knepp report his first varsity win.

Refusing to turn out to be complacent, Boston added 10 markers in Sebring’s second sport, a 58-36 win over the Kingsway Christian Eagles at Orrville, and led the Trojans with 17 factors in a loss Saturday to Southington Chalker.

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A Sebring native, Scott Boston is aware of the historical past of success with the Trojans basketball program

“I am from Sebring and I do know in regards to the historical past of the basketball program,” stated Boston, the Aultman Alliance Neighborhood Hospital Athlete of the Week. “I’ve heard about Coach [Rick] Brook, his 500 wins and his two state match appearances and what a fantastic coach he was throughout his time. I’ve additionally heard in regards to the 2004 state match workforce. Joe Amabeli, one in all their starters, talked to me about that workforce and what it took for them to get to state. I am excited to get an opportunity to play.”

Boston, who stands 5-foot-10, was a late arrival to the Sebring basketball program.

“I transferred two weeks earlier than college began,” he stated. “I bear in mind coming to the open gyms at Scarpitti Courts. We scrimmaged somewhat bit.”

Sebring, which graduated nearly its whole roster from Brian Clark’s 6-17 workforce final season, is transitioning, not solely with participant personnel but in addition with the top teaching publish. Clark resigned to focus on educating and administrative work within the college district and was changed by Knepp, who performed at Marlington within the early 2000s and most lately served as a center college coach within the Lake Excessive program.

Sebring McKinley's Scott Boston prepares to pass in first-half action against Southington Chalker on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Sebring McKinley’s Scott Boston prepares to move in first-half motion towards Southington Chalker on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Having performed soccer throughout the fall, Boston was conversant in lots of the Sebring basketball gamers.

“We have now quite a lot of guys on the basketball workforce who additionally performed soccer, guys like Kade Leasure and Carter Holodnak, guys who additionally got here from West Department,” he stated. “I additionally performed basketball with Noah Frederick and Elijah Frederick once we have been little children, so there was some [familiarity] with the gamers.”

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Boston, who performed slot receiver, security and linebacker for the Trojans in soccer, conceded the most important adjustment was entering into basketball form.

“It took me per week to transition from soccer form to basketball form,” Boston stated. “In soccer, you [condition] for shorter spurts, as a result of a standard play would possibly take 4 seconds. The longest a play would possibly take is 40 seconds. In basketball, you might be consistently shifting for an extended time frame. You are sprinting, doing [defensive] slides and leaping.”

Throughout preseason play, Boston and his Sebring teammates went by means of a grueling scrimmage schedule, one he thought helped put together him for the beginning of the common season.

“We went into our scrimmages blind,” Boston stated. “We met good groups and acquired crushed fairly badly by Malvern, however we discovered lots and knew the place we needed to get higher.”

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Whereas ready in preseason play, Boston admitted there have been jitters earlier than he took the ground as one of many 5 starters for the regular-season opener at Leetonia.

“I used to be extraordinarily nervous earlier than the sport,” he stated. “As soon as the sport started, the nerves went away.”

Boston, a left-handed shooter, struggled from the ground within the first half, changing solely 1-of-11.

Sebring McKinley's Scott Boston pushes the ball up the court in first-half action against Southington Chalker on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Sebring McKinley’s Scott Boston pushes the ball up the court docket in first-half motion towards Southington Chalker on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

“My outdoors shot was horrible the primary half,” Boston stated. “I used to be pushing my shot, as a substitute of simply flicking my wrist.”

Boston wasn’t the one Sebring participant who struggled offensively throughout the first two quarters. The Trojans scored solely 11 factors within the opening half. Leetonia did not precisely scorch the nets, however it almost doubled Sebring’s output, tallying 21 factors.

After the halftime break, Boston rediscovered his shot, and the Trojans picked up the tempo collectively on the offensive finish, outscoring the Bears 30-11 to earn a comeback win.

“We stepped it up bodily and we performed higher protection within the second half of that Leetonia sport,” Boston stated.

Boston shot extra occasionally however extra effectively within the closing two quarters, sinking 3-of-7 pictures. He additionally was 6-of-9 from the foul line for the sport, ending with 16 factors.

“I took higher pictures and I shot the ball higher within the second half, utilizing higher approach,” Boston stated. “I flicked my wrists, as a substitute of pushing the ball.”

With a brand new head coach and so many inexperienced gamers, the Trojans will want time to develop workforce chemistry and discover an id. Boston understands his outlined function and what he should accomplish on the ground to assist Sebring speed up that course of.

“Coach Knepp talked to every of us individually and what he anticipated us to do with a purpose to assist the workforce,” Boston stated. “He instructed me my major focus is to play the purpose, though we have now quite a lot of guards. Whereas I shoot left-handed, my robust hand is my proper hand. I must maintain engaged on my ball-handling, enhance my shot choice and play good protection, as a result of I need to assist us develop and turn out to be a great workforce.”

Six questions for Scott Boston

What’s your favourite colour?

Inexperienced.

What’s your favourite topic?

3-D Printing.

Enjoying a number of sports activities, do you may have a favourite sport?

Basketball.

What do you think about your workforce’s energy?

Our pace and our hustle.

What is the energy of your sport?

I feel I’ve superb information of the sport and what we have to do to succeed.

What ability do that you must enhance essentially the most?

I would like higher shot choice.

This text initially appeared on The Alliance Evaluate: Scott Boston of Sebring is the Alliance Evaluate Athlete of the Week