Grosse Pointe South downs Eastpointe High in district semifinal

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published February 27, 2019

 Grosse Pointe South's Nate Styer goes up for a layup in a district semifinal game against Eastpointe High. South won the game and will play against Grosse Pointe North in the district final March 1.

Grosse Pointe South's Nate Styer goes up for a layup in a district semifinal game against Eastpointe High. South won the game and will play against Grosse Pointe North in the district final March 1.

Photo by Sean Work

GROSSE POINTE –– Basketball is a game of runs, and Grosse Pointe South used a flurry of runs to down Eastpointe High in a Division 1 district semifinal game Feb. 27 at Grosse Pointe North.

The Blue Devils’ biggest run came after Eastpointe fought its way back into the game after trailing by 11 at the half. The Shamrocks opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run to get within five.

With Eastpointe ramping up its pressure, South was able answer with an 8-0 to stretch its lead back out to double digits. The Blue Devils eventually won by a final of 62-45. With the win, South advances to the March 1 district final, where it will take on the winner of Hamtramck and Grosse Pointe North.

“Basketball’s a game of runs, so if you have a senior team that’s not going to crap their pants and can sustain and hit them back, which we did, then you’re going to have a chance,” South coach Troy Glasser said.

A big reason the Blue Devils were able to punch back and sustain that lead was defense. South played zone for a majority of the game, and the Shamrocks struggled to find openings.

Offensively, South used a group effort to attack the Shamrocks’ defense. Will Johnson led the team with 15 points, Luke Adams added 14 points off the bench, and Ryan Downey and Daryl Houston combined to score 17 points.

“We scouted them a bunch, so we knew they had a hard time shooting it. We identified their one good shooter, and we were going to take our medicine if they knocked down shots,” Glasser said. “That was the game plan, pack it in and make them hit jump shots.”

Eastpointe coach Nate Minnoy gave South credit for what it was able to do on the defensive end of the floor. He noted that mental lapses and mistakes really hurt his team throughout the game.

On offense, the Shamrocks were led by Jesse Judkins and Davon Yelder. Judkins scored 15 points and grabbed three rebounds, while Yelder poured in 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

“Some of the same stuff that’s been going on all year. Mental lapses from younger kids when they got to come in and give people breathers. And again, (South) did a great job of capitalizing on every mistake that we made tonight,” Minnoy said.

With the season coming to an end, Minnoy and the Shamrocks can look to the future and work on building for next season. Minnoy is excited about what the future holds for his program.

“We got a lot to build on. I think we got a foundation, and that was the key to this year. Building a foundation where our young men hold themselves accountable in the classroom, and then they’ll begin to hold themselves accountable on the court,” Minnoy said.