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Men's Basketball Ready to Run in 2011-2012

Men's Basketball Ready to Run in 2011-2012

GREENVILLE, Ill. – Greenville College men’s basketball looks to the 2011-2012 season with optimism as they prepare for a run through the SLIAC.

The Panthers are coming off of last season's campaign that saw a first-round fall to eventual SLIAC champion Webster University. The men’s squad compiled an overall record of 12-13 and notched an 8-8 mark within the confines of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. GC buzzed through their first few games, winning five of their first six contests, but it was the eventual grind of the full season that caught up with the Panthers.

Greenville will be forced to replace seven varsity members from last year’s squad, members who accounted for nearly 40 points per game of the 77 that the Black & Orange averaged per contest last year.

However, the Panthers do return their leading scorer from a year ago in senior guard K.J. Hilliard. Hilliard, an all-SLIAC selection in 2011, will look to build off of his team-leading 12.6 ppg and help spearhead the GC unit throughout the season. Senior Jonas McBride will also add experience at the two-guard position for the Greenville squad. McBride led the Panthers in steals (1.5 per game) and also contributed just under nine points per game.

Aside from their returning starters, Greenville will rely on a host of 2011 role players to step up and carry a substantial load. Sophomore guard Alex Mumphard, juniors Ben Giertz and Simon Martin, and seniors Dondrale Campbell, Markeith Brown, and Travis Garrison will all provide important minutes for the Black & Orange.  

Newcomers Jordan Smith and Jose Garcia will supply added security at the guard positions. Garcia, a redshirt junior transfer, will start at the point guard slot after sitting out all of the 2010 season with a knee injury. Smith, a fellow junior transfer, will be called upon to be a threat from outside and stretch the defense.

Offensively Greenville will still utilize the Read-and-React offense and predicate their scheme on movement and constant attack. “We know that we are somewhat undersized, but we also know that we are a much quicker and athletic team than we have been in a long time,” commented second year assistant coach Stephen Groves. “Our team is going to go hard for 40 minutes and we will definitely push the tempo all game.”

Defensively the Panthers will look to press and apply hectic pressure throughout the game. Greenville will throw different looks at their opponents in the half court, switching from zone and man looks.

GC basketball will first hit the court on Tuesday, November 15 as they host the St. Louis College of Pharmacy at 7:00 pm. The game will be broadcast on WGRN 89.5 FM and will be held in H.J. Long Gymnasium.

This story was published on November 10, 2011

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