Berkley High boys basketball looks for improved second half

By: Christian Davis | Woodward Talk | Published February 1, 2016

 Berkley High’s Jerome Cobb goes up for a shot Jan. 28 against Royal Oak High. Cobb is averaging more than 20 points per game.

Berkley High’s Jerome Cobb goes up for a shot Jan. 28 against Royal Oak High. Cobb is averaging more than 20 points per game.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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BERKLEY — It’s halfway through the regular season, and Berkley High boys basketball coach David McGlown admits the record isn’t what he hoped it would be, but that he’s seeing signs of improvement.

At press time, the Bears were 3-8 overall and 0-4 in the Oakland Activities Association Gold Division.

“It’s kind of a rebuilding year. We have pretty much all new guys on varsity; I think I have three guys back that were on varsity last year,” he said, noting there have been a handful of games where the Bears had an opportunity to win in the closing minutes. “I figured it’d be a learning process. Hopefully, we’ve gotten over that hump and learned how to finish games, so the next tight game we’re in, we’ll finish and get the win.”

Senior guard Jerome Cobb leads the squad, averaging 22 points, five assists and five rebounds per game. He’s the lone varsity member who saw significant minutes last season.

McGlown expects a boost in the post from sophomore forward Robert Carpenter. He became eligible to play two games ago after transferring in from U of D Jesuit.

“He’ll give us great energy. He’s just a great kid,” McGlown said.

The coach added that despite the losses, the team is sticking together.

“Losing can bring teams down, but these guys are pretty close. They want to fight for each other,” he said. “The players are jelling and coming together.”

McGlown noted that he’s seen improvements from each player.

“Some guys had to learn the speed of the game. Now they’re seeing it, and it’s starting to slow down for them. Some guys needed to know how to play defense, and they’re starting to pick that up,” he said.

The final 10 games of the regular season offer a chance for the Bears to see just how much they’ve learned.

“We just want to finish the second half on a good note,” McGlown said. “Play good, hard basketball every game. If we lose and we played hard, I’m not mad, and I don’t want the guys to be mad.”

Catch Berkley against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at home.

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