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Ike boys eager to show they have right mix

There is a recipe for every basketball team's success, similar to any recipe found in a cookbook.

Every player adds his or her own attributes that make the team what it is. Take one of those ingredients away, and it may not seem to matter on the surface, but the final result can change completely.

As they prepare to play Duncan in the regional playoffs, coach Todd Millwee's Eisenhower Eagles believe they have two key ingredients that give them a chance to make a deep playoff run  championship experience and excellent team chemistry.

Two years ago, the Eagles took home the state championship. Approximately half of the current Ike roster was part of that magical run in 2015, including five players who are now seniors. They may have been underclassmen on that title-winning team, but are now elder statesmen of sorts, and they know they must set examples for the younger players.

"You just got to push all your dudes to do the best they can," senior DeShawn Becton said. "When their heads get down, you gotta pick 'em up, stuff like that. They look up to you, so you just gotta be a leader."

Eisenhower opens the regional tournament 6:30 p.m. Friday at MacArthur against a Duncan team that, after starting the season 0-9, has won three of its last four games. Millwee knows that despite the Demons' 5-16 record, Ike can't afford to play lax defense if they hope to win.

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