The Greenhills boys’ basketball team rolled into a big challenge right after the holiday break with three solid teams on the schedule and all on the road. The Gryphons emerged at the other end without a scratch and three finishes for the win column.
And their success continues to stem from a strong defense.
“I was really happy with our defense,” said head coach Andrew Wright. “After taking three weeks off we came back and held all three teams well below their scoring average. Cranbrook was averaging 72 points a game, so to hold them to 40 in their gym is an amazing effort by our guys.”
The stretch started in a big arena – literally. The Gryphons knocked off Plymouth Christian 64-46 at Little Caesar’s Arena.
“Playing at LCA was a great experience,” said Greenhills assistant coach Thomas Ward. “The kids had a blast but it was also a big game for us coming off of break. Plymouth Christian has been a big rival for us over the past several years. While we were able to play all of our guys, it was an important game for us to come out and win given the tough week we knew we had coming.”
It also was a big break out game for senior Leo Fried, a very good defender and even better rebounder. Against Plymouth Christian, Fried provided a big spark off the bench with eight points.
Greenhills then traveled to Cranbrook, which came into the game at 9-1 including 4-0 in the conference. Drew Sachs hit a go-ahead triple to erase a two-point deficit with 7 seconds to play to help lead the Gryphons to 41-40 victory. Fried had two points, six rebounds and four assists.
On Friday, the Gryphons defeated host Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 53-45. Stevie Snabes had 12 points and 8 rebounds while Sachs had 11 points and 10 assists. The game was tight until the last few minutes when Greenhills locked down on defense as the Gryphons held Lakes scoreless over the final 2:30.
“Defense has been our big key,” said Ward. “Seniors Will Kennedy and Stevie Snabes are typically given the toughest defensive assignments. Kennedy guarded Cranbrook PG Torrell Williams who is an excellent player. Both Kennedy and Snabes were asked to check WOLL’s Noah Roback. Both All-League players last year as juniors.”
Greenhills improved to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in conference. This week the Gryphons host Madison Heights Bishop Foley on Tuesday and Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett on Friday.