Grizzlies hope to build on summer success | Boys basketball
Last updated 8/21/2017 at Noon
If the spring and summer are any indication of what lies ahead for Glacier Peak’s boys basketball team, then 2017-18 should be a successful season.
The Grizzlies, who are coming off a district championship and an appearance in the 4A state tournament, advanced to either semifinals or the finals of all the tournaments they played in this offseason.
“They played well. They meshed as a group this summer,” Glacier Peak coach Brian Hunter said. “As the summer went on, the competition level they played against was really good. That was great for our kids. They got to advance their level of play against quality competition.”
Glacier Peak participated in tournaments hosted by Marysville-Pilchuck, Franklin, Ballard, Meadowdale and West Seattle high schools.
The Grizzlies finished the summer on a positive note, winning their final tournament of the summer at team camp at the University of California - San Diego. The opposition included squads from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and even a touring team from Germany.
“It’s something different for the kids,” Hunter said.
Glacier Peak graduated six seniors with perhaps the most significant loss being point guard Austin Petz, a second-team, all-league selection. Petz ran the offense about 90 percent of the time, according to Hunter.
“We’ve had a number of players help out this summer,” he said of the point guard position. “This year we definitely had a situation where Austin dominated. Next year we’ll spread it out and have more than one person manning the position. We’re working on just finding the right guys.”
Senior-to-be Trey Lawrence and sophomore Brayden Corwin both handled the point guard duties this summer. It was a new position for Lawrence, a wing (small forward/off-guard) who came off the bench.
“It was something we worked on and felt that he could do,” Hunter said.
Corwin, who played on the C team last season, suited up for the state tournament. Hunter said that he and his coaching staff felt that Corwin was ready to be brought up to varsity.
“We expect good things out of him,” Hunter said. “He’s going to be an outstanding basketball player for Glacier Peak.”
The Grizzlies’ offense should be just as potent as it was last season with the return of the team’s top scorer, senior wing Bobby Martin, who averaged 17 points per game. The first-team, all-league standout continues to set a high standard for himself and his teammates.
“You kind of expect him to continue what he’s done,” Hunter said. “He’s extremely consistent. He takes great shots. He’s a steadying force for us on the floor. He had a super summer. He does all the little intangible things. The ball seems to find his hands.”
Martin obviously is one of the league’s top shooters, but unlike some players, he also gets his teammates involved.
“He probably led us in assists for the summer,” Hunter said.
Also returning are junior posts Evan Mannes and Noah Forman. Both had an impact on the floor as sophomores and Hunter expects their games to continue to evolve and improve.
“They were really instrumental in our success,” said Hunter, who added that expectations are equally high for Bo Burns, who will be one of three returning seniors who were on varsity last season.
All of the returning varsity players are going to be tested at tryouts and in practice by their teammates. That’s the way Hunter likes it.
“One of the keys to having so much success is having other guys step up,” he said. “We have a ton of competition in our program. That always leads to progress. The kids know they have to step up to play on the floor.”