DYER LEADS BRUINS INTO SUGAR BOWL TOURNAMENT
As one of the longest tenured head coaches in Louisiana, Bonnabel head coach Glen Dyer leads his Bruins into the 4th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic January 2-4 at the Alario Center in Westwego, sponsored by SportsNola.com.
In his 34th year on the job in Kenner, Dyer has coached outstanding players and had outstanding teams. He led the Bruins to the 5A quarterfinals in 2012, falling to Natchitoches Central. He guided Bonnabel to the 2007 state semifinals (5A), falling to Westgate. The Bruins reached the regional round in 2003 and 2004.
Over the years, Dyer has coached the likes of Terrance Bellock (UNO), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt), Montel James (Coffeyville Jr. College) and Kimani Stewart (North Carolina A&T). While he does not have an individual player the likes of those standouts this season, the Bruins are not devoid of talent.
With a young team, Bonnabel got off to a 3-3 start, posting a solid win over always tough St. Thomas Aquinas while suffering losses to 4A powerhouse East Jefferson, defending 2A state champion Riverside and 5A power Brother Martin.
"You know you are going to lose some games early against top-notch competition, especially with a younger team," Dyer said. "The goal is to learn from the experiences and improve as the season goes along. "We've got three seniors but only one has played a lot. We are rather young. Perhaps our best player for the future is freshman Joseph Thompson (6'6). We have other young players contributing as well."
Senior Jatwind Payton (6'2) is the leading scorer while junior Christian Canales (5'10) is the point guard. Senior Jordan Smith (6'6) adds size. The Bruins have recently gotten stronger with the addition of a pair of brothers from the football team.
"Evonte Williams (5'11 Jr.) and Levonte Williams (6'6 Sr.) have come on strong for us and they will get better as they get back in basketball form," Dyer said. "Evonte is sort of our team leader. They are good athletes and have provided depth for us. We have size and that is certainly an advantage. We have to be more patient and pound the ball inside more. We work on it everyday."
If there is one area that Bonnabel must improve in, it is all about decision making.
"Down the road, we will get better at it," Dyer said. "Our shot selection has been a bit shaky, taking too many perimeter shots. Will play man-to-man and press quite a bit. We want to up the tempo of games. A lot depends on who you are playing. We can slow it down and move it around a bit but we don't mind running and shooting it."
Dyer is thrilled and honored to have his team playing in the Sugar Bowl event.
"I was really excited when they called me to participate," Dyer said. "While it is great to get away for Christmas tournaments, to stay at home and have parents and supporters see you with a brand like the Sugar Bowl, it has to help you. Having the Sugar Bowl name attached to anything is big time."
Words of wisdom from a tenured, big-time coach.