LOMBARD – It was always expected to be a rebuilding year for Glenbard East, but not many in the program were expecting the team to struggle this much.
The Rams lost two more games during the weekend to fall to 3-12 overall and 0-5 in the DuPage Valley Conference. East lost DVC games at Wheaton North 55-41 and to Naperville North 53-47.
“I think we’re getting better,” Glenbard East coach Scott Miller said. “We just continue to make enough mistakes to put us in a hole.”
In both games over the weekend, East fell behind early before mounting a rally that came up just short. The Rams were within six in the second half against the Falcons and were in the game down to the final minute against the Huskies.
The young team has had a tough initiation to the varsity game, and Miller admitted losing has been hard on the players. However, the coach continues to praise his team for staying the course.
“It is tough,” Miller said. “Whenever you’re not winning, it’s tough, but I do think we got the young kids and they’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel a little bit.”
Miller said some of the younger players lost their legs a little bit at the holiday tournament at York. The team is getting its second wind and last weekend competed with good teams in what appears to be a relatively deep year in the DVC. Six of the eight teams in the conference have winning records overall.
“It’s a different season when you’re a young guy playing up on varsity, but they’re practicing hard and giving it all they got,” Miller said.
Jaron Hall scored 20 points in Saturday’s loss to Naperville North. He continues to excel on an otherwise down year for the Rams.
However, injuries have lessened the impact of some of the other seniors on the roster. That has forced the varsity newcomers to play a bigger role than anticipated at the beginning of the season.
“We’ve had some injuries mount with our senior kids so we’re not able to depend on them as much as we would,” Miller said. “We’re depending on the younger guys a little bit more.”