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Terrence Garner ’17 goes up for a shot against Monmouth. The junior guard has never experienced a conference loss as a Green Knight.

Remarkable Twin Seasons for Hoops

The last time the St. Norbert men’s basketball team lost a Midwest Conference (MWC) game, Terrence Garner ’17 had just poured in 25 points for Oak Creek High School in a victory over Racine Horlick; Ben Bobinski ’17 was adding to his all-time scoring record at Green Bay’s Notre Dame Academy; and D.J. DeValk ’18 was the sixth man for the state-bound Little Chute Mustangs. The tri-captains and no other current Green Knights were on the roster when St. Norbert fell 104-99 in overtime, Feb. 9, 2013, at Grinnell College.

Leading the conference in defense is no surprise.“That is our foundation and our kids know that, especially this year,” says Grzesk. “We didn’t know all their roles offensively, so we knew early on that we would have to depend on our defense and our rebounding and kind of figure out the offense from there.”

Garner says, “It starts in practice. Coach preaches defense in practice. We practice hard. Coach pushes us. It’s very important that we bring it every day.”

The adage that a loss is good for a team is of no interest to the players.

“We would rather learn from a win,” says Garner. “We watch film after every game. We break it down as if we lost.”

“Sometimes, after a loss, it’s easy to bounce back and you know what you are going to get out of those guys,” explains Grzesk. “After a win, sometimes the mistakes get brushed under the rug. What we have been trying to do is really teach and learn from every circumstance whether we win or lose.” 


March 14, 2016  

 

Update

Since press time in early March, Green Knight basketball has continued its push for glory.

The men’s team has extended its record-setting streak of conference wins to 64, winning its conference outright along with the privilege of hosting the season-ending tournament – at which the team qualified for the NCAA Tournament. At pixel team, the team was headed to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1984, following victories over Northwestern-St. Paul (77-58) and St. Olaf (63-61). Coach Gary Grzesk was named the Midwest Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season, becoming the first coach in league history to accomplish the feat. The 2016 honor was Grzesk’s fifth overall MWC Coach of the Year award.

The women Green Knights continued unbeaten through their season, also hosting their season-ending tournament and powering through to the NCAA Tournament. The team fell to George Fox University (64-54) in the first round of the national contest.

Readers can keep up with the men's progress at www.snc.edu/athletics/basketballm.