Grant Made The Right Move

Posted: January 21, 1988

Trenton State's Greg Grant finally made the decision to make the move from fish to foul, and coach Kevin Bannon couldn't be happier.

Grant, a 5-foot, 7-inch guard, is leading NCAA Division III scoring with a 34-point average, and Trenton (12-1) is ranked No. 9 in the current Division III poll.

Had Grant not been persuaded to give up his job at a fish market two years ago, Bannon wouldn't have the pleasure of seeing Grant shooting 88 percent

from the foul line (as well as 58 percent from the field).

Grant, who graduated from Trenton High School, took the long way home. He spurned Bannon then and went down to Atlanta's Morris Brown College. After a semester in Dixie, Grant came home and went to work.

Bannon followed Grant around from job to job for a year until he persuaded the 140-pounder to play basketball again.

Last year, Grant averaged 28 points a game, but Bannon said that was only a hint of things to come.

"I know you hear this a lot from Division III coaches, but Greg could play Division I," said Bannon.

"Every team we play, the coach comes up to me afterward and says that he didn't think Greg could be as good as he'd heard - but Greg turned out to be better."

Grant is not a one-man team either. His backcourt mate, Pat Holden, a 6-1 junior from Cape May Regional High, contributes 12.9 points. The forwards are 6-6 sophomore Jimmy Glover, a teammate of Grant (14.8 pts., 9.1 rebounds) and 6-3 junior Pete Gilmore (5.3 ppg.). At center is 6-5 sophomore Mike Stock (5.5 ppg) from Bishop Egan High.

The 12-1 start is the best in Trenton State history.

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It has been a tough winter at Haverford College. The women's team is winless (0-9) and scored only 40 points total in its last two games.

And until recently the men weren't doing any better. But Saturday, Haverford beat Beaver, 67-58, in the Blue Devil Mixer at Philadelphia Pharmacy, and now optimism abounds on the Main Line campus.

"We've still got the bulk of our league schedule coming up," says assistant coach Paul Stadelberger, "and we feel we can do some damage."

The leader is junior Hugh O'Sullivan from Boulder, Colo. He's averaging 16.7 points and was selected to the all-tournament team last weekend. The other forward, Marc Melitz, is from France. Poor Haverford can't even get its players' parents in the stands.

Move from the Main Line to the Northeast and the victories start piling up. The Holy Family women's team is 15-1 and beginning to receive votes in the NAIA poll (eight this week; the No. 20 team has 49).

Coach Mike Soroka confines his recruiting mostly to Northeast Philly and finds plenty of talent. "I can't believe how good some of these girls are," he says.

The leading scorer is Tracy Petner, a 5-4 guard from Little Flower High. She's averaging 14 points a game but that's only a couple more than the rest of the starters - 6-2 center Dawn Miller (Bristol High); 5-11 freshman forward Debbie Schoper (Frankford); 5-7 sophomore forward Marie Orth (Cardinal Dougherty), and 5-7 guard Greta Brown (Archbishop Ryan).

Tony Coleman, a senior swingman from Woodrow Wilson High and Philadelphia Textile, was named player of the week in the Mid-East Collegiate Conference. In four games last week he averaged 21.5 points, shot 56.3 percent from the floor, pulled down 41 rebounds, had seven assists, seven steals and three blocked shots for the Rams (8-5, 0-1). He now is 14th on Textile's all-time scoring list with 1,306 points.

Ursinus swept the weekly honors in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Junior guard Tom Shivers (Ridley High) scored 30 points in a 99-90 win over Delaware Valley and a career-high 33 in an 87-83 loss to Spring Garden to be named men's player of the week.

Trina Derstine, a 5-10 freshman out of Christopher Dock, had 23 points and 11 rebounds in an 83-74 upset of Moravian. For that she was named both women's player of the week and rookie of the week.

By the way, the women (7-4, 4-0) are off to their best start in 21 years.

Donna Pinto, a 5-11 sophomore from Broomall and Villa Maria, scored 65 points and had 22 rebounds for Catholic University earning her ECAC Division III south region player of the week honors.

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