RUSHVILLE, Ill. (WGEM) -- As Mason Plater sees it ever since he and brother Manning were able to shoot baskets on a 10' rim, it's been 'game on' between the two siblings.
From their younger years to now being teammates on the Rushville/Industry basketball team, the Plater's have developed a bond around the sport. And with Mason being a senior this season is likely the last time they'll play together.
The brothers say it's been special being teammates and it's helped them learn plenty about each other.
"We've been playing in the back yard for a lot of years," Mason said.
"Last year I got to play with him a little bit but this year he's come on a lot and it's always nice to have that chemistry out on the floor."
The younger Plater continues to improve on the fly, thanks in large part to Mason's help.
"We're 40% of our starting five and I think we need to be passers, scorers, and we need to give people the ball and get them their shot too because we need to be a good teammate, not just a scorer," Manning explained.
The Plater brothers have joined forces to lead a Rocket team which seems to be coming into its own as the postseason nears.
However, outside of wins and losses, head coach Chuck Thomas couldn't be more proud of how they've grown as young men, especially Mason.
"He'll still, as a senior, pick things up and get them on the bus, and he's improved immensely since his freshman year in basketball. I'm just really happy for the success he's had," Thomas said of his senior guard.
"(Mason is) trying to rub off a little bit on Manning, and Manning's got a huge amount of talent. He's abut 6'4" and goes about 210 to 230 (lbs.) depending on if it's before Christmas or after Christmas. He's got touch from the outside and really good hands, and he does everything he can to try and help the team win."
As far as who wins one-on-one, Mason admits Manning has the edge but he's proud to have defeated his brother one this season.
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