The Greenhills boys’ varsity basketball team is enjoying a nice holiday break after starting the season with a 5-1 overall record, including three convincing wins in a row heading into the new year.
“Last Friday night’s win was emblematic of what the team can be,” said Greenhills Coach Andrew Wright. “Beating Bishop Foley, one of the top class C teams in the area, was a major conference road win for us.”
The week prior to the holiday break followed the Gryphons’ first loss – a wire-to-wire two-point loss to Royal Oak Shrine, a top foe in the Catholic League Intersectional I division.
“Our aspirations include winning the Intersectional I division,” said Wright. And the win over Bishop Foley was a major victory with regards to the conference race. Greenhills defeated Foley 57-38. Before that, the Gryphons knocked off Oakland Christian 52-37 and Rudolf Steiner 54-25.
During the three games, Drew Sachs had 72 points on the week (20, 23 and 29 respectively) to go along with 17 steals. Against Foley, the junior had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 asssits and 4 steals. Stevie Snabes also had a big game with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals for his third double-double of the season.
In the Foley game, seniors Will Kennedy and Samir Hafez (both captains) had big first quarters for the Gryphons, each hitting a three-pointer. Both finished with eight points in the win.
“The players adjusted to their pick and roll after the first quarter and the defense was really good from that point on,” said Wright.
The Gryphons held Bishop Foley to a two-point second quarter.
Miguel Ceballo-Countryman (third captain) drew the defensive assignment of Foley’s big-man Mike Maten and helped hold him to seven points.
In the second half, Sachs took over as the Gryphons extended their lead.
“Drew Sachs had a nice all around game, scoring from multiple levels in addition to his defense and rebounding,” said Wright.
Greenhills (5-1 overall, 1-1 league) play rival Plymouth Christian on Jan. 7 at Little Caesar’s Arena.