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1976-1977 School Year
1976-1977 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Todd Leegard, Connie Branch, Joe Flowers, Tony Thames, Alex Nakamoto, Jim Book, Jerry Boyd. Back Row: Andy DeLosier, Frank Frazier, Willie Flowers, Bob Olson, Brad Vifquain, Dan Nelsen, Don Baker, Lenny Sedlock, Head Coach Eric Magdanz. Not Pictured: Dennis Gullickson.

Expectations were high for the 1976-1977 Tiger basketball program.  After finishing second last season and returning many key players from that team, the Tigers expected to contend for the conference title. Coaches Eric Magdanz and Dave Berg pushed the players to their best.

The Conference season opened against defending champion Central.  The Pioneers worked hard and outlasted the Tigers 64-56, running their conference winning streak to 17 games.  South was hoping for a better results against West, but the fell again, 69-56.

The Tigers won their first conference game of the season against Edison.  The Tommies did not have a great season, losing all of their games.  South won this game 85-46.

Southwest beat South in a high scoring game, 82-78.  The team played another close game and defeated Henry 67-62.  North handed South their fourth loss of the season 81-55.  This loss equaled the total conference losses the Tigers had last season.

South would continue their see-saw season defeating Roosevelt 62-53.  They then lost their next two game The first was a 71-66 to Washburn. Central scored more points than anyone ever has against the Tigers in the next game, beating South 104-55!

South then won their next four game, beating West 89-71.  That was followed by an even worse beating of Edison, 88-61.  Against Southwest, the Tigers scored even more points, winning 91-74.    The Tigers came back to earth with a 76-65 win.

South ended the conference season on a three-game losing streak.  Roosevelt won a close game, 63-59.  North then beat the Tigers handily 85-62.  South played another close game against Washburn but lost 69-63.

South split two non-conference games, defeating Simley 75-74 and losing to Rochester Mayo 75-35.

In the Region V-AA tournament, South won their first game beating Southwest 67-59.  Their season ended with a third game of the season against Central.  Central outdid themselves, scoring 108 points and re-setting the record for most points by an opponent that the set earlier in the season.  South managed 76 points, which on most days would be enough to win.

The Tigers finished the conference season with a disappointing 7-9 record, in sixth place.  According to the yearbook, the Tigers were hampered all season long with many injuries.

Willie Flowers was one of the bright spots for the season.  For the second consecutive season he was named All-Conference.  HE also set a record for scoring in double figures for 60 consecutive games!  He also set a new conference record of 943 points for the season.  Don Baker was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.