Elkhart Central starters respond to benching, lift Blazers to 3-0

Elkhart Truth photo/Anthony AndersonElkhart Central coach Terry Smith (center) confers with his players during a timeout in Tuesday's boys high school basketball game at South Bend Adams.

SOUTH BEND — After some player tardiness Saturday, Elkhart Central coach Terry Smith "wanted to send a message about professionalism, about punctuality." So he benched most of his usual starters to begin Tuesday's Northern Indiana Conference boys basketball opener at South Bend Adams' Hadaway Shack.

He's hopeful the message was received, and in the interim, some of the guys who are usually backups added a message of their own about being competitive even when being outmanned.

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