WHEATON – From the opening day of practice in November until the end of the season on March 3, Bob Szorc thoroughly enjoyed showing up to the gym each day with his Wheaton Warrenville South boys basketball team.
And that is what Szorc will take away from a 2013-14 campaign where the Tigers finished with a 5-22 record.
“Many times it was the most enjoyable part of the day,” Szorc said. “They are phenomenal kids. They continued to try to get better each day and they brought a great attitude to practice.”
Szorc especially had kind words to say about his senior class, which was made up of Matt Kienzle, Aidan Hernandez, Gabe Dungan, Brian Summers and Jon Morris.
“Our seniors were a great group of kids,” he said. “Night in and night out, they played their tails off.”
Kienzle topped the squad with his 11.2 points per game average. Hernandez was next at 8.1 points and a team-high 3.4 rebounds per contest.
“Matt finished his career with 154 3-pointers,” Szorc said. “He’s worked for everything he has earned. And Aidan had some real nice games for us this year.”
The biggest issue for South continued to be on the offensive end, as the Tigers averaged just 45.6 points per game.
“We just had trouble consistently scoring,” Szorc said. “When we were hitting shots, we were OK. When we were not hitting shots, we had trouble.”
The team will return players who got valuable experience this year, including late-season sophomore call-ups Eric Rasch and Matt Dacy-Seijo. Keishawn Watson (6.7 points) and Joe Metzger (5.6) led the junior class this season.
“We tried to get the kids some experience at the end there,” the coach said, “and that should serve them well going into the summer and into next year.”