Metamora, Illinois - 2018 was a historic season for the Metamora boys basketball program. They won their first Sectional title in school history, and were one win away from its first ever appearance in the state finals. With a majority of the roster returning next season, the Redbirds know just how important this summer is for their growth as a team.
"It just builds team chemistry, guys coming up from sophomore level and guys transferring in," Metamora senior Turner Mann said. "We just get together and gel. This winter it will be easier to play."
Metamora came within inches of winning a supersectional last year, when they lost in controversial fashion to Marian Catholic. The Redbirds are using that game as motivation to get better for next season.
"That will always be in the back of our mind," Metamora senior Collin Dietz said. "We are going to use that for motivation to push every day. Like, we come to gym and don't want to work, we will think about that."
"With our loss in the supersectional, we were disappointed. But we came off kind of really ticked off," Metamora head coach Danny Grieves said. "We're really hungry and we are not sitting back on any laurels that we might have done for the first time in school history."
Metamora knows they will be on the top of the food chain in central Illinois basketball come November; they hope to back it up by making it all the way to Carver Arena in March.
"We just try and get better everyday, try and have those guys expand their game a little bit and do some things they're not used to do doing," Grieves said. "We are hungry and those kids are really going after it and their skill sets are getting better. They're on a mission and we will see how they do."
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