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2016-2017 School Year
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2016-2017 Team Photo: Players names were not listed in the 2017 South Yearbook

Twenty years is a long time.  That is how long Head Coach Joe Hyser has spent leading the Tiger Basketball program.  He developed many players who came though South High School.  For all 20 years, his right-hand man has been Charles Hallman.  Coach Hyser is the second longest head coach in the history of South.  Only Luther Mona coached longer, 31 years.

South opened their season against Southwest playing a very nice first game. The team is trying to establish an identity. With only two returning letter winners, these men fought hard and came out with an 83-79 victory. Malachi Lossow lead the team with 19 points, Seventeen of the 19 points came in the second half. Kevin Pellew dropped 16 making four three-point baskets. Two other players were also in double digits, Jalan Jones, 12, and Curtis Jones, 11, (The Jones’ are not related!)

The Tigers jumped out to a 19 point lead right out of the gate against Edison and never looked back. Edison cut the lead in half but the Tigers regained control in the second half. The Tigers once again put four players in double digits and they tightened the defense down. Jaylen Blakley led all scoring with 13.

The Tigers took on St. Paul Hardingin their next game. The Tigers lost the second half battle which led to their first loss, 85-76. South battled all game but in the end came up short. Once again scoring was a team effort with 11 players scoring and four in double digits. Kevin Pellew and Jalan Jones lead all scorers with 14 each.

On December 13, the Tigers were supposed to play North.  Both teams were ready and warming up. At five minutes before game time, the clock was stopped and the teams went to their respective benches.  The reason…..there were no referees! You need at least one MSHSL approved official to play the game so it was postponed and rescheduled for December 19.

The Tigers had a tough game against Eastview. After averaging close to 80 points a game, the Tigers only managed to score 32 points and lost by 34!  The final score was 66-32. No Tiger scored in double figures

On December 19, North and South made up the game that was supposed to be played a week earlier. North showed why they are the best in Minneapolis handing the Tigers an 82-43 loss. The Tigers are showing improvement even though the score doesn't indicate it. Malachi Lossow led the Tigers with 12 Points.

The Tigers lost tonight but not without a fight. The Tigers went on many runs to close the score on Highland only to have Highland answer with a run of their own. Leading all Tiger scorers was Malachi Lossow with 18. Curtis Jones had a great shooting night hitting five three-point shots and finished the game with 17.

The Tigers let their next game, against St. Paul Johnson, slip through their fingers. Two free throws with six seconds left for Johnson tied the score and sent it into overtime where Johnson won 74-67. Leading all scorers for South was Malachi Lossow with 18. Three other players scored in double figures, Jalan Jones 11, Shadeed Cole, 10, and Curtis Jones, 10.

South started off slow by not-scoring start and playing subpar defense against Elk River. In the second half, they showed more life on the offensive end but still fell to Elk River 83-58. Leading the scoring for the Tigers was Curtis Jones with 14 point, Timon Jones with 13 and Demetrius Gladney with 12.

The Tigers showed improvement against Washburn but came up short. The Tigers struggled offensively throughout the game not finishing on layups and missing some shots. Two nice runs in the second half made the game close, but the Millers still won 63-58. Leading the Tigers in scoring was Kevin Holler with 16 points.

The Tigers lost to Henry 84-45. Only Suldan Omar scored in double figures with 11 points.

Against Roosevelt, the Tigers were unable to get closer than 7 points with a couple minutes left. The final score was 56-44, with Roosevelt winning. Leading the Tigers in scoring was Demetrius Gladney with nine points. Malachi Lossow and Curtis Jones score eight points each.

The Tigers started the game against Benilde-St. Margaret’s strong and took an early lead. Then quickly, that lead went away. The Tigers had a stronger second half but lost 85-68. Leading the Tigers in scoring was Wisdom Kowouto with 12.

The Tigers took on St. Paul Central in their next game. South battled back from a 15 point halftime deficit. They closed the score to within 5 but in the end fell short, losing 54-45. Timon Jones led the Tigers in scoring with 11.

The Tigers picked up a win against FAIR. Leading all scorers for the Tigers was Malachi Lossow with 24. Jalen Jones scored 10.

Edison was defeated with a great second half defensive effort. Leading all scorers was Kevin Pellew with 16. Malachi Lossow and Curtis Jones put in 13 with Jalan Jones scoring 12.

The Tigers ran up against a very good opponent in the Wayzata Trojans. The Tigers lost 78-37. No Tiger scored in double figures.

The Tigers struggled offensively in the first half and defensively in the second half losing to the North Polars 76-44. In the first half, it looked like North was going to run away with the game and the Tigers closed the gap to within 4 points. In the second half, the Tigers started strong but faded. Leading all scorers was Shadeed Cole with 12 points.

The Tigers lost to St Paul Como 64-44. They could not find the answer to scoring against Como's zone defense. Leading the Tigers in scoring was Kevin Pellew with nine points.

The Tigers lost to Eden Prairie. South’s effort was there but Eden Prairie proved to be too much, winning 84-44. Shadeed Cole led the Tigers with seven points.

The Tigers’ struggles continued losing to St Louis Park 77-37. Curtis Jones was the leading scorer with eight points.

The Tigers struggles continued with a 78-49 loss to the Millers. Demetrius Gladney, 12 points, led the Tigers in scoring.

Even though they were beat on the scoreboard against Henry 74-51, South showed improvement. The Tigers were lead in scoring by Demetrius Gladney with 15 points.

Roosevelt took an early lead against the Tigers, but South made a comeback in the second half only to fall short in the end, losing 57-47. The Tigers were led in scoring by Shadeed Cole with 12.

South took on Southwest in their next game.  The Tigers made it close in the second half only to let it slip away, losing 84-67. Curtis Jones and Demetrius Gladney each scored 17 points to lead the Tigers. Malachi Lossow, 11 points, and Jalan Jones, 10, also scored in double figures

The Tigers struggled in the first half of their game against FAIR. Malachi Lossow had 12 first half points (16 Overall) and Curtis Jones had 11 first half points (15 Overall) to help the Tigers tie the score at 32. In the second half several players picked up the scoring and the defense tightened up as well. South won 76-60. Eddie MacDonald also scored in double figures with 10 points.

The Tigers played their last regular season game against Edina. It was a fun game to watch but the outcome was not the way the Tigers would want. Edina won 94-71. The Tigers lead most of the first half but then Edina got hot in the second half. Four players scored in double figures, Kevin Holler, 13 points, Curtis Jones, 12, Demetrius Gladney, 12, and Malachi Lossow, 10.

The Tigers Season ended in the Region 6AAAA tournament with a loss to Wayzata. Kevin Pellew led the Tigers in Scoring with 12. Five seniors played the last game for the South Basketball program, Timon Jones, Kevin Holler, Malachi Lossow, Eddie Macdonald, and Kevin Pellew.

The Tigers finished the season in sixth place with a 5-9 record.  Overall, the team was 6-22. 

Joining Coach Hyser as his assistant coaches were Scott Bullock, Chauncee Hollingsworth, Rodney Lossow and Russell Smith.