New Carlisle boys basketball coach Brad Slatton was excited Sunday night on the eve of his Bison’s season opener.

Carlisle played Des Arc on Monday. Results weren’t available because of early deadlines for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Absolutely,” he said. “We’re just wanting to play some games. We’re ready to see what we can do against somebody besides ourselves and go from there.”

The Bison will come out of Thanksgiving for a tournament at Haskell Harmony Grove. Carlisle will face the host team Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7:15 p.m. First-round winners are guaranteed three games; first-round losers will get a second game Wednesday.

Almost half of Carlisle’s roster came from football, so Slatton has been focused on getting the newcomers acclimated to the group.

“We’ve had a little time to practice,” he said. “I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re still a work in progress. We’re trying to all get on the same page. They’re having to learn a different way of playing than they’re used to. That’s going to take a little time, but they’ve been receptive. I’m anxious to see how we do.”

He said his philosophy is to run more set plays on offense and more man-to-man defense than the Bison did under former coach Jayson Lowery.

“They were more of a dribble-drive, open-court type of offense,” Slatton said. “Defensively, they were more zone. I’ll play a little zone, but I’m a man guy.”

Ultimately, he said, he wanted to give the Bison their best chance to be successful.

“We’re going to teach and gradually get to that point,” he said. “It’s new for all of them, and it’s a learning curve. We’ll get better as the year goes on.”

After the Harmony Grove tournament, the Bison will visit Abundant Life on Dec. 5.