Eastpointe High coach Nate Minnoy talks with his team prior to a game against Roseville High earlier this season. At press time, the Shamrocks were 6-1 overall.

Eastpointe High coach Nate Minnoy talks with his team prior to a game against Roseville High earlier this season. At press time, the Shamrocks were 6-1 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Eastpointe High boys basketball finding success early on

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 20, 2020

 Eastpointe’s Davion Holloway goes to shoot the ball against Roseville. Eastpointe won 63-56.

Eastpointe’s Davion Holloway goes to shoot the ball against Roseville. Eastpointe won 63-56.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Advertisement

EASTPOINTE –– For Eastpointe High boys basketball coach Nate Minnoy, it’s never been about wins and losses or chasing accolades.

Taking over the program last season, Minnoy wanted to be a consistent figure in each of his players’ lives, while helping them create opportunities for themselves on and off the court.

In around two years with the program, Minnoy has had players go on to play collegiately, while others have found success away from the basketball court. It’s why he continues to challenge his current team to become the best players and people they can be.

“What’s important to me is that these young men graduate from here and that these young men become great people. That’s the ultimate goal here. Winning games will come along with them doing the right thing,” Minnoy said.

As Minnoy continues to push his team on and off the court, the wins have started to pile up. At press time, the Shamrocks were 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.

It’s not hard to find the reason for the Shamrocks’ success. Defensively, they have allowed opponents to score 51.7 points per game, which is second in the division.

That defensive intensity came from a strong summer program, which allowed the Shamrocks to play some talented competition. A lot of players got to see what they were made of, and the squad found some new leaders.

“We’re brothers, so that’s all we did was just stay together and hoop together,” junior Cedric Poole said of the summer program. “We know that we’re going to have each other’s back no matter what, and that’s what keeps us strong throughout the whole season.”

Even though he doesn’t like to get wrapped up in wins and losses, Minnoy acknowledged that this team can push for a conference title and do some damage in the playoffs if it continues to get better.

At the same time, the Shamrocks’ fast start hasn’t allowed them to become complacent. They realize the challenges ahead and want to continue battling one game at a time.

“I want these young men to have everything they’ve ever wanted with their high school basketball experience,” Minnoy said. “A lot of things that are happening for these young men, they deserve it. They’ve worked their butts off, they’ve given us everything.”

Eastpointe will hit the floor again at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at home against Madison Heights Madison.

Advertisement