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2001-2002 School Year
2001-2002 Varsity Team Photo: Players names were not listed in the 2002 South Yearbook

As a new season began, the Tigers basketball players realized that winning just does not happen over night.  Hard work, practice, teamwork and trust is what makes a team good. 

The team opened up the season against St. Paul Central.  This close game showed the Tigers what teamwork would accomplish.  South won 52-48.

The Tigers opened the conference season against Washburn.  South took a lead and never turned back, winning 71-52.  The Tigers hit a bump in the road against North.  The perennial contenders played tough against South and eked out a 78-71 win.  Another close game followed.  This one was against Henry.  The four point differential is all the Tigers needed for a 71-67 win.

South had a more comfortable win against Southwest.  The 70-59 win had the Tigers near the top of the conference standings.  Roosevelt challenged the Tigers but South held them off by a slim 69-67 score.  The Tigers took a break from the conference schedule to play St. Paul Arlington.  Many of the bench players saw action in the 82-54 win.  South then finished off the first half with a 73-64 win over Edison.  The Tigers owned a 5-1 record.

The second half started the way the first half did.  South easily defeated Washburn 89-51.  South then lost to North, 55-13. 

The game against Henry would probable determine the conference championship.  Henry’s only loss came against South earlier in the season.  South was one game back.  The game started even, but Henry slowly pulled away and earned a 68-51 win, dashing the hopes of the Tiger’s conference championship.

South ended the conference season with three wins.  First was a slim 51-50 victory against Southwest.  That was followed by a similar 59-56 win against Roosevelt.  Against Edison, the Tigers had a little more breathing room, winning 76-65.

The Tigers won two other non-conference games.  St. Paul Academy fell 48-38.  Robbinsdale Armstrong lost 63-58.

In the Region tournament, the Tigers season ended against Cretin-Derham Hall with a 63-53 loss.

Junior Jessie Burton said, “Learning the fundamentals of the game was the key element to our success this year,” according to the 2002 South Yearbook.  The team beat three number one ranked teams during the season, and Head Coach Joe Hyser believed that made the Tigers one of the best in the State.  The team ended with a 9-3 conference record, in second place, behind Henry.  Hyser was again assisted by Charles Hallman.