LOMBARD – Glenbard East boys basketball coach Scott Miller has talked about the improvement his team has made since the start of the season despite a less than flattering win-loss record.
That will be put to the test tonight against a Glenbard North team the Rams saw in the season opener. Back on Nov. 25, East lost to North 63-46 in a game at Glenbard West as part of the District 87 Tournament.
“I think especially being a young team, we do want to see exactly where we [are] and how much improvement we have had,” Miller said. “I think we’ve gotten better. Obviously they have too, but we’re looking forward to that.”
The Rams snapped a four-game losing streak with a 69-64 win against Lane Tech on Sunday. East trailed by eight after the first quarter and bounced back thanks to 24 points from Jaron Hall and 20 from sophomore Patrick Peterkin.
“We played better,” Miller said. “We got down early and were able to fight through some adversity.”
Recent DuPage Valley Conference games haven’t gone quite as well. On Dec. 6, West Aurora thumped the Rams 64-31, and a week after that Naperville Central rolled to a 57-31 win.
Both of those games were on the road and came against quality opposition. Both the Blackhawks and Redhawks are 2-0 in the DVC, just like Glenbard North.
“Obviously, the West Aurora and Naperville Central games were hard,” Miller said. “It’s physically tough to match up, but once we get through that and realize that they’re the upper echelon of teams in our league and fight through the physical strength of those games, we’ll be all right.”
One positive throughout the season so far has been the play of senior guard Hall. He has played like the veteran leader that he is for the team, and has been the team’s leading scorer.
“I think the biggest thing is Jaron Hall has just been outstanding,” Miller said. “We knew he was going to be good. He was good last year, but he’s having a better year.”
Miller also complimented the play of freshman Michael Finley. On a team that has three freshmen in the rotation, Finley has shown his strength.
“Michael Finley has stepped up and hasn’t had quite the ups and downs that our sophomores have because he’s a stronger kid,” Miller said. “He’s done everything we wanted.”