Boys basketball looks forward to fresh start in new conference

Ryan Caldwell '21, Staff Writer

After a disappointing season last year, the South boys varsity basketball team looks to rebound in the 2018-19 campaign. The team was moved down from the MAC Red Conference to the MAC White Conference, but as a result of the amount of talent the team has, they have started the season strong. So far, the team is 3-2 with one loss against University Prep. at Eastern Michigan.

Last year’s team was a young and inexperienced team that has some returning players that include Ryan Downey ’19, Daryl Houston ’21 and Luke Adams ’19 according to head coach Troy Glasser. These players bring experience from last year to an already young team. Glasser also believes the senior leaders on this team are huge for them to succeed.

“The team this year is new, but talented and players like Daryl are going to be key if we want to win games this season,” said Glasser.

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AIRBORNE: Nick Fannon ’20 jumps to make a lay-up. He is one of the many new players on the South team.
POINT GUARDS: Will Johnson ’22 and Ryan Downey ’19 dribble down the court, dodging Dakota defenders. This season is Downey’s fourth and Johnson’s first.

e Devils have also gained new players such as Alex Shaheen’ 20, Thomas Hessburg ’21, Nick Fannon ’20 and Matthew Edwards ’20 from a JV team that went 16-3 and won the MAC Red last year.

“I think with the addition of all of these talented players from the JV level and beyond makes a better chance for us to win the conference this year,” Adams said.

The players who are new to the team this year are Matt Moran ’19 and Will Johnson ’22. Both these players are athletic and talented and will help the team in many ways. Although there was a lot of transition this year, the team seems to be meshing together quite nicely according to Adams.

“There is a lot of balance this year in size and talent and our team is very deep,” Glasser said.  “We haven’t been very deep in recent years like last year. I think that is a good aspect for a team to have and it could be essential for our team this year.”