South boys basketball still battling

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 30, 2018

 Grosse Pointe South freshman Daryl Houston controls the ball during a game against Dearborn Divine Child earlier this season.

Grosse Pointe South freshman Daryl Houston controls the ball during a game against Dearborn Divine Child earlier this season.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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GROSSE POINTES —  In nearly two decades, there has only been one season in which Grosse Pointe South’s boys basketball program won less than five games.

South went 2-19 in the 2002-03 season, which is the program’s lowest win total during that time span.

Although South still has multiple opportunities to surpass that number, the program was 1-11 overall and 0-6 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division, at press time.

“The challenge is that we’ve really lacked consistency because we’ve had kids miss for behavioral reasons, for illnesses and then injuries,” coach Troy Glasser said. “The other challenge is that we’re a young team. There are times we start a freshman, two sophomores and two juniors.”

Glasser has used the struggles as an opportunity to teach.

“It’s like I tell the kids, it’s how you respond when something doesn’t go your way; that’s when character’s truly revealed,” he said. “So we learn more about players and teams when it’s not easy. We talk about that a lot (and) work on it.”

Glasser said his squad has enough talent to win games. And although there won’t be a MAC Red championship to celebrate this season, South still has a chance to play its best basketball when it counts the most.

“The goal is to hopefully play our best basketball in March,” Glasser said. “If we can get consistent, the goal is to improve. … We’re doing a good job defensively, we just still struggle scoring the ball.”

Glasser said players have been resilient and working hard.

“The kids are playing well,” Glasser said. “We’ve been in quite a few games; we just were one run away from winning. … Especially with the younger kids, it will help moving forward to finish out strong.”

Up next, South plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North.

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