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2003-2004 School Year

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After graduating many of the players from the successful teams of the past years, the Tigers looked to be rebuilding.  Along with the lack of experience came a lack of height.  Because of this, South utilized a faster-paced style of play. Senior Ibrahim Oduniyi was quoted by the 2004 Yearbook as saying, “I liked the fast-breaking style Coach Hyser incorporated with us this year.  It really helped the team come together more because it was new to everyone.”

Coach Hyser is Joe Hyser, the Head Coach, who was in his seventh season as the Tigers leader.  Assistant Coach Charles Hallman has been Hyser’s right hand man each of those seasons.

In conference play, the Tiger opened with an impressive 75-61 win over Southwest.  South used their “new style of play” to keep the Lakers off-balance.  Their next game, against Roosevelt, was much closer.  The two teams fought the entire game.  When the dust settled, the Teddies had a 65-62 win.

The one team who could probably out-speed South was North.  The Polars used their speed to win 64-55.  The Tigers returned to winning form against defending State AAA champion Henry.  The game was close, but South’s quickness held out and the Tigers won 56-51.

The first half of the conference season ended with wins over Washburn and Edison.  Both games were close and came down to the last minute of play.  South beat Washburn 72-68 and Edison lost 49-46.  The Tigers had a 4-2 conference record and in contention for the crown.

The second half saw the Tigers begin with another win against Southwest.  This game though went to the wire, with South barely winning 59-57.  After this game, the Tigers season seemed to spiral out of control.

Roosevelt gained revenge for their earlier loss, beating the Tigers 66-59.  North won again, this time 59-42.  Henry exacted revenge for their earlier loss and won 76-53.  Washburn also turned the table on the Tigers and won 75-71.  The only bright spot was a win in their final conference game against Edison, 54-47.

The Tigers finished the season with a 6-6 record, in the middle of the conference standings at fourth place.