Experience fuels Glacier Peak’s high expectations | Boys basketball
Last updated 8/3/2018 at Noon
Under most circumstances, the graduation of two first-team, all-league players would not bode well for next year’s squad.
Glacier Peak’s boys basketball team appears to be the exception to the rule.
The Grizzlies are coping well with the loss of Bobby Martin and Trey Lawrence, who will be playing at Everett Community College and Yakima Valley College, respectively.
This spring and summer Glacier Peak played in five tournaments and won three of them.
“I thought we did well. I thought the kids did some good things and played well as a group,” Grizzlies coach Brian Hunter said. “We had some success, which was good. We got to see some teams that we normally don’t play.”
The Grizzlies return four players seniors Noah Forman, Evan Mannes and Fletcher Douglas and junior Brayden Corwin who all started at times last season and all of whom have extensive playoff experience.
Hunter doesn’t expect there to be much of a drop-off in Glacier Peak’s offensive output, even with the absence of Martin, who was one of Wesco 4A’s most prolific shooters.
“All four of those guys can definitely score,” Hunter said. “I think scoring-wise we’ll be a little more spread out. I think we definitely can pick up the slack.”
The Grizzlies advanced to the state tournament at the Tacoma Dome last season and the expectations remain high, especially given the return of Forman, Mannes, Douglas and Corwin.
“We do have some experience. I think experience playing in big games is important,” Hunter said. “All those guys have played in district championship games. They’ve won regional games at state. They’ve played in the Tacoma Dome. If you haven’t been there, it’s hard to do. It’s hard to do that first time. I do think that will be a positive for this group when you look at what we have returning.”
Lawrence often ran the point for the Grizzlies along with Corwin.
Hunter expects Corwin to assume more responsibilities as the main point guard. Junior Brayden Quantrille, who was on the junior varsity team, played point guard throughout the summer.
“The two of them complement each other really well,” Hunter said of the two Braydens.
Seniors Marshall Ross and Cedric Jones also have stood out this summer.
“I think we actually have quite a bit of depth with the number of guys competing for either starting minutes or significant minutes,” Hunter said. “It bodes well for the season.”