Grinnell system has Eisenhower on a roll

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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Eisenhower's Mike Curta has learned to accept that his job as coach basically ends when his players take the floor for a game.

Since transforming Eisenhower into a team that uses the Grinnell system, which is based on shooting as much as possible, pressing and using plenty of players, Curta has discovered the practices are up to him and the games are up to his players.

"I think it does take a level of courage to go to this because you're supposed to coach and go to the sideline and calls plays and dictate what's going on out there," said Curta, who learned of the system by seeing Loyola Marymount use it when he was a DePaul team manager. "That's not what happens in the Grinnell style. You dictate what happens in practice. When it comes to the game, you lose control."

The coach and players found a perfect groove in their roles on Tuesday. Eisenhower made a state-record 25 3-pointers in its 111-92 win over St. Laurence. The previous record was 21.

It was the eighth most 3-pointers ever made in a game, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. The record is 36 by Meadow Heights in Missouri in 2006.

Eisenhower set the national record for most 3-pointers taken in a season with 1,391 shot during its first year in the system last season. It also ranked fourth with 370 3-pointers made.

Eisenhower has made 124 3-pointers through nine games this season.

"As a byproduct of this, we want to win, and we want to set records," Curta said. "That's what we want to do. I think it's a great way to play the game."

The state record for 3-pointers wasn't the only mark that fell on Wednesday. Eisenhower junior guard Tyrone Terrell also set a school record with a 50-point performance. He made 12 3-pointers on the night.

With Terrell being 6-2 and having an obvious ability to put the ball in the basket, Curta was hopeful a Division I school would notice him.

"I think the sky is going to be the limit for him," Curta said. "Kids who can score like he can score are tough to find."

Eisenhower will honor Terrell and the team's 3-point single-game feat prior to Friday's home game against Lemont.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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