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Generals kick off season with win

Professional basketball tipped off in Elizabeth Friday night, with a successful debut for the Southern Indiana Generals.
The Generals defeated the River City (Louisville) Gamblers at South Central Junior-Senior High School, 112-109.
The Generals are made up of area college and high school graduates, and each player is looking to make a professional basketball team overseas. Southern Indiana has a strong local connection: Head coach Scott Schoen is a South Central graduate along with players Craig Schoen, Chad Schoen and Chad Schweitzer, and North Harrison graduate and Maravich Award-winner from Oakland City University Chad Miller.
‘For the whole Harrison County area to have the chance to come and see these type of players is something special,’ said head coach Scott Schoen. ‘It’s a love-of-basketball thing.’
At Georgetown College, Scott Schoen was an NAIA All-American while tallying 1,091 points playing for coach Happy Osborne.
After playing at Georgetown, Schoen played professionally for the Dakota Wizards of the Continental Basketball Association before moving into coaching. As a coach, Schoen spent time at Shoals High School in Indiana, North Harrison, Georgetown College and at Ryle High School in Kentucky.
Now the South Central grad is leading what amounts to an all-star team from the area, including his brothers Craig and Chad Schoen. When being approached about coaching the Southern Indiana Generals, his first reaction was asking if it was a joke. Then when he realized the talent level and the goals of the organization, he thought it was a great idea and took the position as head coach.
‘These guys (Generals) were all stars in their high schools, stars at the college level and now they are looking to play at the next level,’ Schoen said.
University of Louisville product Brandon Jenkins scored the Generals’ first points on a three-pointer. It was also Jenkins’ drive and hoop with 3:10 left in the game that gave Southern Indiana the lead for good at 101-100, after trailing much of the game. Jenkins finished the game with a game-high 29 points.
Players like Brandon Jenkins were starters at the NCAA Division I level. Jenkins was a starter under Rick Pitino, averaging five points per game as a senior. Jenkins’ teammate at Louisville, Perrin Johnson, also makes up the Southern Indiana roster. Johnson rocked the rim against the Gamblers Friday with a dunk over Gambler center Brandon Bender. He finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
‘We have a lot of rookie guys that definitely play well and work hard together,’ Scott Schoen said. ‘I’m excited. There will be a lot of entertainment I think.’
Craig Schoen had a solid all-around performance, scoring 21 points, dishing nine assists and corralling seven boards. Georgetown College teammate Brian Silverhorn contributed 23 points and six rebounds.
With the Schoen connection at Georgetown College, many of the Generals either played for the Tigers or played against them. He added his team doesn’t get to practice like a normal team would, rather they try to set up an open gym once a week for the guys to play pick-up games.
The Southern Indiana Generals joined the Kentucky Basketball Development League this season, the fifth team to join the league. Other teams in the league are the River City Gamblers (Louisville, Ky.), Central Kentucky Express, Hazard Shooting Stars and the London Thoroughbreds.
The Gamblers were led in scoring by David Harrison (Campbellsville) with 21 points. The team was also made up of former University of Louisville players B.J. Flynn (15 points), Bryant Northern (14 points) and Brandon Bender (12 points). Brandon Stockton, a University of Kentucky product scored 10 points.
The KBDL is a Kentucky-based fundamental development basketball league. The goal is to develop and train talent for the International Professional Basketball League. Thom McQueen, founder of the KDBL, said more than a dozen players signed professional contracts with FIBA teams after their inaugural season last year. The league plays by FIBA rules, including using a trapezoid lane, two referees and variations to the goaltending rule.
Clifford Todd, a former coach at Indiana University Southeast and Bellarmine University, is the commissioner of the league. Todd attended the opening game and threw the jump ball to start the game.
The Generals upcoming home schedule (at South Central High School) includes hosting the Thoroughbreds on May 18 at 8 p.m., and again on June 8 at 7 p.m., the Gamblers on June 9 at 7 p.m. and the Express on June 16 at 8 p.m. There is also a tournament schedule on June 2nd to be hosted by the Generals.
Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $4 for students and children four and under are free. Season tickets are $20. For more information, visit the KDBL website at www.kbdlhoops.com.

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