|As Coach Mick Anderson prepared his team to defend their 1988 Class B State Championship, he was quick to point out that this was a new team and he cautioned against comparing it to Wahoos best team ever. When presented with the idea of an undefeated season, he quickly pointed out that as good as the 1988 Champions were, they had lost a game. And when fans and reporters began analyzing the 88-89 roster as it stacked up against the Champions, he called the comparison unfair.
On the other hand, although Coach Anderson refrained from judging his new team by his old teams standards (a one loss, championship season that set a standard many coaches would want to shy away from), he wasnt bashful about proclaiming the virtues of this 88-89 team. And the loudest proclamations came when talking about his point guard, Troy Glock. Troy had led the Warrior attack for three seasons and with every assist he would make in the 88-89 campaign, he would add to the career record he had already set. Coach Anderson had sung the praises of the Wahoo court general during the 1988 tournament. While most of the splashy statistics and spectacular plays went to Steve Carmer, Dan Bartek, or even the freshman, little brother Jason, Coach Anderson was always pointing out that it was Troy that made it happen. And it was clear that Anderson expected even more from Troys senior season as he admitted that the Warriors would look for more scoring out of the older Glock.
With the critical ball handling position of point guard in the rock solid hands of Glock, it wasnt hard to find where some of the other scoring punch would come from. The younger Glock, Jason, had come to the fore as a high scoring sub during the 1988 district and state tournaments (he had scored 19 in the District Championship game and averaged nearly 10 points a game in the state tournament). It was easy to see that he would probably get better as he stepped into a starting role as a more mature sophomore. Along with the 63 sophomore, the Warriors would have the relatively untested 65 junior, Randy Hoffman, stalking the lane area. Some outside of Wahoo might have been skeptical about how much Hoffman could contribute, but Coach Anderson declared early that he believed people would be surprised about Hoffman.
As the season progressed, Glock, Hoffman and Glock, became known as Wahoos big three. They were counted on for a majority of the Wahoo scoring, averaging 15, 15, and 20 points respectively. Troy would set up the offense from the point, drive to the basket and dish (his nickname was snake), and spot up for threes, shooting and making more than four times as many as in 1988. Jason and Randy would wheel in the lane, scoring on mid-range jump shots and offensive rebounds. And all three would run the court and get in on the transition baskets the Wahoo offense was becoming known for. On the defensive end, they were the intimidating factor in the 1-3-1 zone that was becoming the staple defense for Wahoo. Troy would effectively cut the court in half from the point; Randy would discourage passes or penetration into the middle; and Jason would provide smothering traps from his wing. These three were the axis of power for the Warriors.
Part 2: role players