A down season for Greenville boys hoop team


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:04 am on Monday, March 25, 2013

Greenville senior Curtis Heppe leans in for a shot this past season.

GREENVILLE — Greenville’s boys basketball team had some big expectations for the past season despite losing almost all their starters from last season to the college ranks.

The Yellow Jackets were heading into a new conference in the O-K Bronze and the season started with some optimism.

But Greenville ended the season 6-15, including losing the last nine games of the season.

“I definitely think it should have, could have been better,” coach Mark Haist said. “We had a handful of games that came to the last possession whether it was us or the other team with the ball and we ended up on the wrong end. We also lost our leading scorer and that hurt us when it came to the win total for the season.”

One of the reasons the Jackets weren’t able to get more wins was closing out games, according to Haist.

“We weren’t able to make the big play at the end of the game,” he said. “When we needed that big stop or get that big rebound, the other team made the play. We didn’t make any of the breaks this year.”

Haist noted his seniors “played a ton of minutes” this season, but there were others who stepped up for Greenville.

“Ian Cooper had some big games for us especially early in the year. He did a good job with rebounds,” he said. “Parker Syrjala stepped up and shot the ball well. Ryan Davis, outside of (Alex) Karatkewicz, (Curtis) Heppe and (Greg) Krusniak he gave us the extra boost when we needed it.”

Haist noted there will be changes coming to Greenville boys basketball.

“We’re going to go through some changes as far as the system we plan on incorporating,” he said. “But that’s going to be over the whole offseason. As long as we get the guys to buy into the changes we could have great success next season. But it doesn’t just happen. You have to make it happen all season.”

Haist also would like to see his team score more.

“We’re really focusing on shooting,” he said. “Because we’re not the biggest team in the world we’re going to need to shoot the ball better from the perimeter. We’re focusing on a program of shooting in the offseason to shoot better at game speed.”

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