LAFAYETTE – new roster. new head coach. new season.

The 2022-23 men’s basketball campaign didn’t start the way Central Catholic hoped.

First-year head coach Drake Barrett assured the Knights would stick to the process.

The players say CC’s fortunes are changing after beating McCutcheon 64-54 at the McHale Gymnasium on Friday night.

“Throughout the game, we started to get along better,” said junior center Albert Schwartz, who had 27 points and 13 rebounds on Friday. “We are starting to click and play as a team rather than isolating individuals.”

The Knights won three of their final four games in Tuesday’s 51-44 loss at the Western, taking their season record to five wins and five.

“Our footballers are still finding their feet in the sea. They’ve had a long season. We’ve infuriated a lot of our players,” Barrett said. “We’ve had a month and a half to really get used to the running flow, and now that we’ve gotten used to running defense and moving the ball the way we want to, we’re starting to play better.

“The other day we lost to the Westerns, but I felt like I was at that ball game and I probably should have won.”

McCutcheon Mavericks Keaton Maple, 30, defends a shot of Central Catholic Knights Albert Schwartz, 34, during an IHSAA men's basketball game at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Indiana, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. .  Central Catholic won 64-54.  .

Schwartz is not surprised.

He claims to have seen this coming.

Others thought so too.

Schwartz is one of three returning starters from last year’s runners-up side, along with senior guards Ben Mazer and Tanner Fields. Current starter Nick Page was a key his reserve last season.

“Experience is huge for us,” said Fields, who scored 24 points against McCutcheon. “A game like this is easy to get into your head and not play well.

But that’s what CC had to recognize.

Last year’s team is not this year’s team.

Two of CC’s best players from last season have graduated.

There was a mistake the Templars were able to get away with a year ago.


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