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 Grosse Pointe South coach Stephen Benard talks with  his team during a timeout against Grosse Pointe North. South won 81-58.

Grosse Pointe South coach Stephen Benard talks with his team during a timeout against Grosse Pointe North. South won 81-58.

Photo by Deb Jacques


GPS boys basketball off to strong start

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 14, 2020

 Grosse Pointe South’s Anthony Benard goes up for a shot against Grosse Pointe North earlier this season.

Grosse Pointe South’s Anthony Benard goes up for a shot against Grosse Pointe North earlier this season.

Photo by Deb Jacques

GROSSE POINTE FARMS –– The new year has been kind to the Grosse Pointe South boys basketball team under new coach Stephen Benard.

After an 11-win season one year ago, the Blue Devils are already more than halfway to that win total in just eight games this season.

At press time, South was sitting at 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division, which included a win over rival Grosse Pointe North.

“We’re playing well. I think we kind of got a wake-up call when we lost to Croswell-Lexington,” senior Alex Shaheen said. “Came out flat and they just handed it to us, so I definitely think that made us realize we’re not as good as we thought we were. We got to take every game seriously, every opponent, and just come out with the same mentality.”

One big key to the Blue Devils’ hot start has been their ability to put the ball in the basket. South is averaging 74 points per game, which ranks first in the MAC regardless of division.

That high-scoring average wouldn’t be possible without the guard trio of Shaheen, freshman Anthony Benard and sophomore Will Johnson.

Those three have been able to provide a consistent scoring presence on a game-by-game basis, with each able to take control when needed.

“That’s what happens when you play as a team. We got skilled guys and they’re making the extra pass,” Stephen Benard said. “We’ve had situations where they’ve keyed in on Anthony and trying to take him out of the game, and we’ll have Will step up or some of our other players, but it’s been a total team effort.”

With a solid core of players and a nice start to the season, the Blue Devils like their chances of competing for a MAC White title.

The Blue Devils’ first-year coach knows that won’t be easy in a tough division, but he likes how it will prepare his team for a district that includes the likes of Detroit Martin Luther King, Grosse Pointe North, Eastpointe High and Hamtramck High.

“We’re up for the challenge,” Stephen Benard said of playing in the MAC White. “It’s not going to be easy, but it’s something we think we can accomplish playing the right way.”

The Blue Devils will hit the court again at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at home against Romeo High.