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Speed, defense keys for boys team

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, December 6th, 2012

At first glance, this year’s version of the Custer High School boys basketball team appears very similar to a year ago. There are three established players who played heavy minutes or started a year ago—Chase Glazier (6-5, Jr., F), Kenneth Myers (6-1, Jr., F) and Cody Martinz (5-8, Sr. G)—and then several other players head coach Larry Luitjens expects to step up and provide quality minutes for the team.
There are differences, however. Luitjens said this team has more size than it had last year, or in the past few years, for that matter, and is one of the fastest teams Luitjens has ever coached.
“We’re going to be quicker than we have been since I’ve been here, and more athletic (than last year),” he said. “We don’t necessarily have more ‘basketball players,’ but more athletes.”
Like Chad Bryant was a year ago, Glazier figures to be the focus of opposing teams’ defense. Glazier improved as the season progressed last season, and Luitjens said he likes what he is seeing out of Glazier so far in practice.
“He is playing (at the level) I thought he should have played at last year,” he said. “He is shooting the ball well and is a key man on defense.”
Martinz, the team’s speedy point guard and biggest threat from the three-point line, is rounding into form as the team’s leader, Luitjens said. The biggest improvement over the offseason may have come from Myers, however, whom Luitjens praised for his hard work.
“Nobody works harder than Kenny, nobody boxes out better than Kenny, nobody rebounds better than Kenny and nobody plays defense better than Kenny,” Luitjens said.

At first glance, this year’s version of the Custer High School boys basketball team appears very similar to a year ago. There are three established players who played heavy minutes or started a year ago—Chase Glazier (6-5, Jr., F), Kenneth Myers (6-1, Jr., F) and Cody Martinz (5-8, Sr. G)—and then several other players head coach Larry Luitjens expects to step up and provide quality minutes for the team.

There are differences, however. Luitjens said this team has more size than it had last year, or in the past few years, for that matter, and is one of the fastest teams Luitjens has ever coached.

“We’re going to be quicker than we have been since I’ve been here, and more athletic (than last year),” he said. “We don’t necessarily have more ‘basketball players,’ but more athletes.”

Like Chad Bryant was a year ago, Glazier figures to be the focus of opposing teams’ defense. Glazier improved as the season progressed last season, and Luitjens said he likes what he is seeing out of Glazier so far in practice.

“He is playing (at the level) I thought he should have played at last year,” he said. “He is shooting the ball well and is a key man on defense.”

Martinz, the team’s speedy point guard and biggest threat from the three-point line, is rounding into form as the team’s leader, Luitjens said. The biggest improvement over the offseason may have come from Myers, however, whom Luitjens praised for his hard work.

“Nobody works harder than Kenny, nobody boxes out better than Kenny, nobody rebounds better than Kenny and nobody plays defense better than Kenny,” Luitjens said.

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