SI Generals return to floor
The 2012 Xtreme Basketball League (XBL) is among us. The XBL is an eight-team league featuring teams in Corydon and Knoxville, Tenn., as well as Louisville, Lexington, Middlesboro, Hazard, Bowling Green and London, all in Kentucky.
The Indiana Generals, formerly of the Kentuckiana Basketball Development League, switched to the XBL when the KBDL became defunct. The Generals have been in Harrison County for five seasons, three in Elizabeth at South Central Junior-Senior High School and now in their second season at the YMCA of Harrison County in Corydon.
The roster features a load of local talent: David Scott (Graceland High School, Miami [Ohio] University), Craig Schoen (South Central HS, Iceland professional), Jeremy Murphy (North Harrison High School, University of Southern Indiana), Jeremy Holland (Austin, Indiana University Southeast), Carlos Mitchell (IUS, Spain professional), Bradley Smith (Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, Indiana University Northwest), Craig Adams (Crawford County Junior-Senior High School), Chad Backherms (Corydon Central), Quinton Combs (Corydon Central), Bryant Northern (Jeffersonville High School, University of Louisville) and Brandon Stockton (University of Kentucky).
The season kicked off July 15 in the Lexington Ice Center with the short-handed Generals beating the Louisville Legends, 145-139. The Legends roster features Terrance Farley (University of Louisville), Aubrey White (Georgetown College, ABA professional) and the three-time leading scorer in the Luxemburg Pro League, Sean Hampton.
The game was controlled by the Generals. They took the lead after the opening tip and never trailed. Brandon Stockton hit 11 3-pointers, and Carlos Mitchell played an excellent game, recording the first triple double in Generals history. Brad Smith had 38 points, including four free throws to end the game. Jeremy Murphy had 21 points, including three 3-pointers to seal the victory.
A home schedule for the Generals will be released in the coming weeks.