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2017-2018 Season

As Head Coach Joe Hyser and his coaching staff began discussing the season, optimism abounded.  The team was young, yet talented.  There was senior leadership is key positions, with Jalan Jones and Demetrius Gladney, and a core of very good young players.  

 The team opened at home against St. Paul Highland Park in a non-conference contest.  The Tigers opened the game taking a 3-0 lead, but the Scots began to score.  They jumped out to a lead, but the Tigers stayed with them.  At halftime, South was only down by four, 41-37.  Beginning the second half, South hit a number of three-point shots and took a 54-53 lead.  From that point, the Scots took control of the game and claimed an 83-72 win.  Sophomore Curtis Jones led the Tigers with 22 points. Phillip Williams, 15 points, and Jalan Jones, 12 points, scored in double figures.

South took on another St. Paul opponent, Harding.  In a closely battled game, South opened the scoring, but Harding countered.  At halftime, the teams were one point apart, with Harding holding a 32-31 lead.  South took control in the second half, opening up a 10-point lead with two minutes to play.  However, Harding was not done.  The Knights mounted a comeback, closing the gap to two points with seven seconds to play.  South was fouled but only made one free through.  Harding’s last second, off-balance shot did not fall and the Tigers won their first game of the season 60-57.  Demetrius Gladney led the team with 18 points. Curtis Jones, 16 points, and Suldan Omar, 10 points, also scored in double figures.

The Tigers began a seven-game road trip at Benilde-St. Margaret’s.  Benilde took control early.  The Tigers tried to come back but the early lead could not be overcome.  The Red Knights won 66-52.  Again, Demetrius Gladney, 17 points, and Curtis Jones, 16 point, led the team in scoring.

The second game on the long road trip came against Eastview.  Eastview powered to a 15-point lead at half time.  In the second half, the Tigers played Eastview even, but the damage was already done.  Eastview won 87-71.  Demetrius Gladney again led the Tigers with 19 point.  Curtis Jones added 10.

South and Elk River faced off at the Southside Showcase at Burnsville.  Elk River took control at the start of the game and never looked back.  Elk Rivers jumped out to a 45-27 halftime lead.  South improved in the second half, but still lost 95-72.

South opened the conference season against Edison.  The Tigers were in control on their way to a 74-53 win.  This win marked the first time in South Basketball history that the Tigers have defeated an opponent 100 times!  The win was a total, balanced team effort with five players scoring in double figures, led by Demetrius Gladney and Curtis Jones, both with 15 points.  Phillip Williams chipped in 13 points and Wisdom Kowouto and Josiah Lossow both scored 10.

South finished went into Winter Break with a non-conference game against Rosemount.  The Irish were too much for the Tigers, winning 65-52.  Suldan Omar led the team with 16 points.  Curtis Jones, 13 points, also scored in double figures.

Over the holiday season, the Tigers participated in a tournament in Coon Rapids.  Their first opponent was St. Croix Prep.  The Tiger took a 20 point lead into halftime.  St. Croix battled back but the lead was insurmountable.  South won 82-69.  Curtis Jones and Wisdom Kowouto both scores 18 points to lead the Tigers.  Demetrius Gladney, 17 points, and Jaylen Blakely, 12 points, also scored in double figures.

In the championship game, South took on the host, Coon Rapids.  The Cardinals took a 16-point lead into the locker room at halftime and expanded it to an 89-58 win.  Gladney led the way with 17 points.  Suldan Omar and Curtis Jones scores 11 and 10 points, respectively.

South was in a battle against St. Paul Como Park.  At halftime, the game was tied at 29.  The game remained close until the final horn, where the Tigers took home a59-56 win.  Curtis Jones scores almost half of the Tigers’ points, leading the team with 27!

As school resumed after Winter Break, the Tigers faced St. Paul Johnson.  The two teams played evenly in the second half, but the Governors had built a 10-point lead in the first half, giving them a 61-51 win.  Curtis Jones again led the Tigers with 20 points. Demetrius Gladney scored 12.

The Tigers returned to conference play against North.  The Polars again were highly ranked, which showed in the game.  North jumped out to a 52-34 lead at halftime and seemed to be able to score at will.  The final score was 95-42.  Suldan Omar was the only Tiger in double figures, scoring 14.

On Martin Luther King Day, the Tigers participated in the Roosevelt jamboree, taking on Jordan.  This game was a back and forth affair, with South clinging to a slim 37-35 lead at halftime.  The lead was cut in half and it seemed whoever had the ball last would probably win.  South held on for a 66-65 win. FIVE players scored in double figures.  Demetrius Seay led the team with 14 points.  Josiah Lossow was close behind with 12.  Three players, Curtis Jones, Demetrius Gladney and Jalan Jones, all scores 10 points.

South hosted Washburn in their next game.  The Tigers opened up a 14-point halftime lead.  They increased the lead to 20, winning 84-64.  Suldan Omar again led the team with 18 points.  Curtis Jones, 17, and Demetrius Gladney, 11, both scored in double figures.

South hosted Henry in the next game.  In a game that was exciting for both the fans and the players, South went into halftime with a 30-27 lead.  The game continued to be exciting, with the attitude that the team with the ball last would probably win.  Henry came back, tied the game took the win, 63-60.  Demetrius Gladney led the team with 17 points.  Curtis Jones, 15, and Suldan Omar, 13, also hit double figures. 

The game scheduled for January 23 was postponed because of a major snowstorm to hit the Twin Cities.  That pushed the Tigers next game to January 27 against St. Louis Park.  South held a slim 32-30 lead at halftime, but everything that could go right for the Orioles did in the second half.  St. Louis Park won 83-59.  Three Tigers were in double figures, Cossy Kowouuto, 18, Phillip Williams, 15, and Curtis Jones, 14. 

South’s next game was against Southwest.  The Lakers were no match for the Tiger offense.  South took a 27-point halftime lead and never looked back on their way to an 87-47 win.  Curtis Jones led the way with 27 points.  Demetrius Gladney, 16 points, and Cossy Kowouto, 10 points, also hit double figures.

Edison was the next foe.  Edison was consistent, scoring 24 points in each half.  But South hit more than 40 each half.  The Tigers won 83-48.  Curtis Jones led the team with 29 points.  Demetrius Gladney and Jalen Jones each scored 10.

South faced the defending conference champions North.  The Polars jumped out to a big lead that the Tigers could not recover from.  South lost 81-49, even though the Tigers out-scored the Polars by six in the second half.  The leading scorers for South were Curtis Jones with 15 points and Suldan Omar with 12 points. 

South hosted Blaine in a non-conference game on Saturday February 10.  Blaine built a 26-10 lead at halftime.  After halftime, it was all Blaine, with the Bengals finishing with a 57-23.  Jalen Jones was the only Tiger in double figures, scoring 12 points.

South and Washburn faced off next.  South went into halftime with a 10-point lead.  The Millers battled back, closing the gap to four, but that was as close as the teams ended, with South winning 65-61.  Curtis Jones led the team with 28 points.  Phillip Williams, 14 points, and Jalen Jones, 11 points, also scored in double figures.

South travelled to the northern suburbs to take on St. Francis. The Saints took a 30 point lead into halftime.  South battled back, outscoring St. Francis 46-36 in the second half, but the Saints still won 82-62.  Curtis Jones was the only player in double figures, scoring 12 points.

On February 17, 2018, the Tigers and Roosevelt made up the game that was postponed on January 23.  South lost a heart-breaker, 65-63. 

South played their third straight road game, travelling to Henry.  South led by three points at halftime, and extended the lead to a 77-66 win.  Curtis Jones led the team with 32 points.  Joey Erickson, 11 points, and Demetrius Gladney, 10 points, also scored in double figures.

For the second time in six days, the Tigers and Teddies faced off, this time at South. Three seniors were honored before the game, Demetrius Gladney, Jalen Jones and Cossy Kowouto  South led by two points at halftime and pulled out a 58-54 win.  Four players scored in double figures: Demetrius Gladney, 15 points, Cossy Kowouto, 12 points, Phillip Williams, 11 points, and Curtis Jones, 10 points.

South finished the regular season at Southwest.  The Tigers and Lakers battled to a 20-20 tie at halftime.  The Tigers slowly build a small lead and won 58-49.  Curtis Jones, 20 points, and Demetrius Gladney, 10 points, were the only Tigers in double figures.

South, seeded fifth, took on Robbinsdale Armstrong in the Region 6AAAA tournament.  Armstrong led 40-17 at halftime, and stretched out the lead by six more points, ending the Tigers’ season with a 75-46 loss.  Only Demetrius Gladney scored in double figures with 17 points. 

South finished the season with an 8-4 conference record, good for second place.  Overall, the Tigers were 12-15.