“We’re definitely not satisfied,” Shropshire said. “We don’t want to get complacent. We want to keep this winning streak going. I like how our team is playing right now.”
Emmanuel got a “wake-up call” earlier this season when it held a 17-point halftime lead over Dayton Christian, but fell to the Warriors 52-49, said Lions coach Danny Moore.
“I think it’s shown this group you have to come out and work hard every night,” he said. “By all means, I think people considered us the league favorite and you’ve got a target on your back. The guys have learned from it. We’ve seen a lot of great leadership come out of that.”
Shropshire is averaging 17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and is nearing 1,000 points for his career. Swank is averaging 15.5 points and Channels is averaging 14.1 points per game.
The Lions made a team record 14 3-pointers in a 73-40 victory over Yellow Springs earlier this month.
“We’ve got four guys who are really consistent from 3,” Moore said. “We shoot a lot of them and we encourage it.”
Swank hit seven 3-pointers in a 71-40 win over Middletown Christian on Dec. 20. The Lions put an emphasis on shooting the ball this summer.
“We definitely pushed each other to get better over the summer shooting the ball from 3-point range,” Shropshire said. “We’re unselfish with making the next pass. A lot of our 3’s are wide open when we take them.”
The Lions host Catholic Central on Friday night and Greenon on Jan. 3. They also play Southeastern and Northwestern as part of their non-conference schedule.
“When you start playing in January, you get into that ice cold stretch where you’re playing Tuesday, Friday and Saturday,” Moore said. “It’s a grind, but that’s why you get ready for it.”
The Lions have several tough road games remaining in the league, including trips to Troy Christian and Jefferson. They’ll also have to take care of business in the Lions Den, Moore said.
“We can’t overlook anybody,” he said.