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2023-24 End of Season Recap

The 2023-2024 Blazer boys' basketball season came to end after losing in the sectional semifinal game against Churubusco in a hard fought battle. Eastside finished the year with 8 wins and 15 losses. Eastside had 3 opponents win sectional titles this season which include 2 NECC teams in Fairfield and Westview, and 1 non conference opponent in Canterbury. The Blazers won both games in Ohio this season at Edgerton and Edon. We moved to 9-0 in nostalgia games for Blazer program history after winning our 7th throwback game played at the Old Butler Gym against Lakewood Park and then winning at Edgerton's old gym. 








Coach David Prokop became the 16th head coach for the Blazers since 1963. His 8 wins is the 5th most by an Eastside coach in his first year and places him in 12th all time in wins for the program. Kadis Renier led the junior varsity program this season to a 4-18 record, wins included Prairie Heights, Fort Wayne Smith Academy, and twice against Hamilton. Clay Minnick finished his career with 567 points including 287 points during his senior year. This places him 36th all time in total points in program history. 






This season's victories included the following:


Fort Wayne Smith Academy 57-24

Prairie Heights 48-34

Lakewood Park 56-38

Edon Ohio 36-34

Edgerton Ohio 52-44

Hamilton 61-55

Hamilton 63-33

Garrett 44-42

Team Overall Stats Per Game:

Points Per Game: 42.1

Points Allowed Per Game: 52.0

Overall Field Goal %: 38%

3 Point %: 26%

Free Throw %: 65%

Offensive Rebounds Per Game: 8.4

Defensive Rebounds Per Game: 17.0

Assists Per Game: 8.9 

Deflections Per Game: 7.5

Steals Per Game: 5.8

Blocks Per Game: 2.6.

Top 3 Player Stats 

Points Per Game: Clay Minnick (12.3) Noah Acquaviva (6.7) Loden Johnson (6.5)

Field Goals Made: Clay Minnick (91) Noah Acquaviva (62) Loden Johnson (54)

Field Goal Percentage: Noah Acquaviva (51.2%) Ryder Reed (47.1%) Nolan Baker (40.5%)

3 Pointers Made: Clay Minnick (33) Loden Johnson (31) Ryder Reed (11)

3 Point Percentage: Loden Johnson (30.3%) Blake Lesser (28.6%) Clay Minnick (28.2%) 

Free Throw Percentage: Clay Minnick (83.1%) Connor Abplanalp (60.9%) Noah Acquaviva (58.8%)

Rebounds Per Game: Noah Acquaviva (5.9) Nolan Baker (4.3) Clay Minnick and Loden Johnson (2.7)

Assists Per Game: Clay Minnick (2.3) EJ Miller (1.7) Ryder Reed (1.3)

Deflections Per Game: Clay Minnick (1.8) Ryder Reed (1.5) Nolan Baker (1.3)

Steals Per Game: Clay Minnick (1.2) Ryder Reed (1.1) EJ Miller and Nolan Baker (0.8)

Blocks Per Game: Nolan Baker (1.5) Noah Acquaviva (0.4) Loden Johnson (0.3)

Coach Prokop and his staff would like to thank all players, managers, parents, administrators, and the entire Eastside and Butler community for supporting the Blazer Program all season long. Year 1 of building a positive, hard working, and exciting basketball program is now complete and now growing and continuing to take steps forward is in place. The future is bright for Eastside Basketball, please be on the look out for upcoming youth, junior high, and high school skill development opportunities!  

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