GREENVILLE — There is no denying the Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team has a new offensive and defensive philosophy this season.
On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets showed off that style, which features a lot of running, pressure defense and plenty of shots. The result, at least for game one, was a success.
Tuesday’s high-tempo game resulted in a 93-59 victory over the Muskegon Reeths-Puffer Rockets in a nonconference game. The 93 points were the most by a Yellow Jackets team since the early 2000s.
“We just knew the kids were going to come play hard. We didn’t know what to expect out of Reeths-Puffer,” Greenville coach Mark Haist said. “We didn’t know what to expect out of the new stuff we are running. We just decided to commit to playing a whole team approach and try to pick up the tempo.
“We definitely have room for improvement, which is kind of exciting,” he added.
Rockets coach David Ingles said the game went like he expected.
“It kind of went like I thought it would. We are so young and knew we were going to be in trouble,” he said. “Against a team that plays a flukey style for your first game, we knew it was going to be ugly.”
The game started slow with the Yellow Jackets opening a 4-2 lead. It didn’t take long for the Yellow Jackets to stretch the lead to 11-2. Greenville finished with a 25-8 first quarter lead after eight minutes of play.
“It was a good way to start off the season with our new offense,” Greenville senior Stephen Roy said. “We just pushed it up the floor. Everyone passed it around and we shot pretty good. It was a good way to show what Greenville basketball is all about.”
Reeths-Puffer improved their play in the second quarter and outscored the Yellow Jackets 22-19, but still trailed Greenville 44-30 at halftime.
The Yellow Jackets opened the third quarter on a 13-4 run to open up a 57-34 advantage. Ian Cooper had six points during the stretch.
“It was fun. Now is every night going to be like this? No,” Haist said. “It will have its ups and downs like every team does. It’s a lot less game planning and a lot more practicing what we do.”
Greenville continued the onslaught the rest of the game and scored 30 points in the final quarter, finishing just short of 100 points.
Cooper finished with a team-high 22 points. Roy scored 12 points in the final quarter to finish with 16 points. Ryan Davis added 12 and Nick Reamer 10 points.
DeAndre Oakes-Owens led the Rockets with 23 points.
Haist said the change was geared toward what the Yellow Jackets could do better.
“I felt like some of the other teams in the conference might have a little more at the top of their lineups,” Haist said. “We felt like we had some really great kids worth ethic wise and good depth. We are trying to turn the game into one through 10 instead of one through five.”
Greenville will have another chance to show off its new offense on Friday night when they host the Belding Redskins.