Sixteen Indiana high school boys basketball teams were getting ready to play in the state regionals before the COVID-19 pandemic ultimately ended the state tournament. The Silver Creek Dragons were one of those teams — coming in as the reigning 3A state champions. Looking forward to the 2020-21 season, in a year full of abnormal, there is some sense of normalcy in the Silver Creek High School auxiliary gym. “I’m thrilled,” Silver Creek head boys basketball coach Brandon Hoffman said. “Every day coming to practice — I’m just going to be thankful we got to load the bus up and put on our Silver Creek jerseys and play.”Before the pandemic, the Dragons were on a roll. They hadn’t lost to a 3A team and their only two loss came at the hands of some of the top teams in 4A. Silver Creek was looking to win back-to-back state titles. Now, that’s just a what-if. “We kind of want this state championship more,” Silver Creek senior Trey Kaufman said. “Obviously — barring COVID, things like that — hopefully we get the chance to do that again.”This year’s squad is looking even stronger. The Dragons are returning their top three scorers, including Purdue commit Trey Kaufman and Toledo commit Kooper Jacobi. “This is the best team I’ve ever been a part of and I can say that from the start,” said Kaufman, who was a part of the 2018-19 state title team. “Talent-wise, at least.” Jacobi was also a member of the state title team. “It’s exciting, especially having the same team,” he said. “Not often do you get to move on to the next year and have much of the exact same team.”Although the Dragons have much to be excited about, Hoffman says there’s still some room for improvement. “At this point, we’re good because of who we got returning,” Hoffman said. “But we’re nowhere near our ceiling I think at this point. So, I think the focus is getting better every day.”Ending last season as the No. 1 team in 3A, it might be a little too soon for the what-if three-peat conversation. One thing that is for certain — as of now — playing basketball isn’t a hypothetical. “It’s a great feeling,” Silver Creek junior guard Branden Northern said. “We left the season off with unfinished business. So this year, we’re looking to go right back and it’s just a great feeling to be back with the guys.”The Dragons are scheduled to start the season Wednesday against Columbus East. The boys aren’t the only hot commodity at Silver Creek High School. The girls basketball team is the No. 1 team in 3A, holding a 4-0 record.

Sixteen Indiana high school boys basketball teams were getting ready to play in the state regionals before the COVID-19 pandemic ultimately ended the state tournament.

The Silver Creek Dragons were one of those teams — coming in as the reigning 3A state champions.

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Looking forward to the 2020-21 season, in a year full of abnormal, there is some sense of normalcy in the Silver Creek High School auxiliary gym.

“I’m thrilled,” Silver Creek head boys basketball coach Brandon Hoffman said. “Every day coming to practice — I’m just going to be thankful we got to load the bus up and put on our Silver Creek jerseys and play.”

Before the pandemic, the Dragons were on a roll.

They hadn’t lost to a 3A team and their only two loss came at the hands of some of the top teams in 4A.

Silver Creek was looking to win back-to-back state titles.

Now, that’s just a what-if.

“We kind of want this state championship more,” Silver Creek senior Trey Kaufman said. “Obviously — barring COVID, things like that — hopefully we get the chance to do that again.”

This year’s squad is looking even stronger.

The Dragons are returning their top three scorers, including Purdue commit Trey Kaufman and Toledo commit Kooper Jacobi.

“This is the best team I’ve ever been a part of and I can say that from the start,” said Kaufman, who was a part of the 2018-19 state title team. “Talent-wise, at least.”

Jacobi was also a member of the state title team.

“It’s exciting, especially having the same team,” he said. “Not often do you get to move on to the next year and have much of the exact same team.”

Although the Dragons have much to be excited about, Hoffman says there’s still some room for improvement.

“At this point, we’re good because of who we got returning,” Hoffman said. “But we’re nowhere near our ceiling I think at this point. So, I think the focus is getting better every day.”

Ending last season as the No. 1 team in 3A, it might be a little too soon for the what-if three-peat conversation.

One thing that is for certain — as of now — playing basketball isn’t a hypothetical.

“It’s a great feeling,” Silver Creek junior guard Branden Northern said. “We left the season off with unfinished business. So this year, we’re looking to go right back and it’s just a great feeling to be back with the guys.”

The Dragons are scheduled to start the season Wednesday against Columbus East.

The boys aren’t the only hot commodity at Silver Creek High School.

The girls basketball team is the No. 1 team in 3A, holding a 4-0 record.

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