For Greg Miller, everything this winter is “a learning experience.”
Miller, a longtime assistant at Greer, is learning on the job as Riverside’s new boys basketball coach.
The Warriors’ home opener against Eastside showed that Miller has made progress, but he knows he still has work to do. After hanging within one possession of the Eagles through much of the third quarter, offensive struggles caught up with Riverside in a 59-48 defeat, dropping the Warriors to 3-2.
“I’m proud of these kids. They have so much guts. They get after it,” he said. “They’re buying into what a family means. The ball just didn’t go in the hole the way we needed to. We had some deficiencies on the offensive side, but I’m so proud of these kids.”
Miller says defense has been a strength for his team early on.
“Our defense is way above par for where we thought it would be right now,” he said. “A lot of it is the heart of this team. They’re able to get out in the passing lanes, they’re able to get turnovers. We’ve got to work a little bit on on-the-ball defense, but defense is my favorite part.”
Offense is a work in progress. Against Eastside, the Warriors cut the Eagles’ lead to one point early in the third quarter and then hung within a possession for much of the next five minutes. But they missed multiple opportunities to tie or take the lead, and the Eagles eventually pulled away.
“We need to score some points,” Miller said. “Offensively, we have to get a lot more efficient. We’re wasting a lot of possessions and we’ve got to get great looks. One thing with this team, however, I’m very confident they’re going to knock them down as the season goes along.”
Miller points to Cavarrio Grisset, Myles Smith and Adam Jensen as the team’s key leaders, “a big three who is pushing us through.”