GLASSBORO – There are still too many basketball games to play before this can be classified as a dream season for the Glassboro High School boys team.
But as the campaign winds down, with four regular season games and an undetermined number of tournament games to go, the Bulldogs are heading in the right direction.
A relatively small Group 1 school, Glassboro won its ninth straight game on Monday with a 68-58 victory over Group 4 Washington Township in a non-league game.
The victory pushed the Bulldogs to 18-3 for the season. The record has been good enough to earn them the No. 2 seed in the upcoming South Jersey Group 1 tournament, just behind Tri-County Conference divisional rival Penns Grove.
“We still have some basketball games left,” said Glassboro coach Steve Bell. “But we are healthy and together, and we’re optimistically looking forward to the postseason."
As has been the case throughout the season, Glassboro rode some staunch defense and some balanced scoring to the victory.
Kyree Myers led three double figure scorers with 19 points, followed by Isom Golden with 13 and Kwandel Tokley with 12.
The Bulldogs led throughout the game and were up by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before the Minutemen cut the deficit to 62-56 on the strength of a barrage of 3-point goals late in the game.
But the Bulldogs settled things down and were able to put the game away at the free throw line.
One of the key factors to holding onto the margin according to Bell was the steady play of the guards, Myers and Santino Mancini.
“They’re leaders without really even trying to be leaders,” he said. “They’re not necessarily the vocal type. But they make sure we’re playing together as one.”
Having a player like Mancini helps because he brings a winning attitude to the team, coming off a fall season in which he helped his team win the state Group 1 soccer championship.
“Winning is winning whether it’s soccer or basketball,” Bell said. “The guys find a way to get through adversity.”
For his part, Myers was most effective in helping the Bulldogs off to their commanding lead when he scored 11 of his points in the second quarter, nine of them coming on three 3-point goals.
He spoke about his belief that the thing the Bulldogs do best is shut down the opposition.
“It’s definitely defense,” he said. “The coach always emphasizes that during practice, so we try to identify ourselves as a defensive team.”
Bell says the team likes to play man-to-man primarily, but also prides itself on being able to play pressure defense.
That was evident, especially in the first half, when Township had some trouble getting the ball upcourt on occasion, although the Minutemen seemed to solve that problem later in the game.
Meanwhile, Myers also pointed out how he likes the squad's offensive balance, a factor that tends to make the defense even more effective.
“I feel like we have a couple of guys who are real talented,” Myers said. “On any given night we have people who can score a lot. It’s really a team effort.”
Another factor Bell mentioned was the return of Tokley from an injury a couple of games ago as something they think will be a factor heading into the post season.
“He was a starter his sophomore and freshman year, and he’s back,” Bell said. “Obviously on the offensive end he can put the ball in the basket. When we put on our three-quarter pressure he can help with that as well.”
Meanwhile, Township placed four players in double figures in scoring, led by Curt Parker with 14.
However, Billy Hohman led the comeback with all nine of his points with three fourth-quarter 3-point goals. Rich Santos and Drew Amos scored 11 points each, followed by Billy McRae with 10.
Glassboro 68, Washington Twp. 58
Washington Twp. 10 7 16 25-58
Glassboro 11 17 21 19-68
WT: Drew Amos 11, Billy Hohman 9, Billyy McCrae 10, Curt Parker 14, Asante Russell 3, Rich Santos 11.
Glass: Greg Brackett 8, Isom Golde 13, Santini Mancini 6, Kyree Myers 19, Kwandel Tokley 12, Jay Wright 7.