The boys' basketball program goes back many years at Dublin, but in recent seasons it has gained considerable popularity. So much so that in 2011 the athletic department, in an effort to meet the increased interest, started the school's first-ever junior varsity boys basketball squad.
The varsity team's 20-game season runs from early December through the end of February. The team plays in the River Valley Athletic League. Our schedule is made up of similar sized varsity clubs from all over New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, including Putney, Eagle Hill, and White Oak, among others. The coaching staff is committed to maximizing the talent and effort from each player, all within an environment that encourages leadership and fosters confidence.
The team's season consists of practices four days a week and games every Wednesday and Saturday. In recent years Wildcat basketball has enjoyed some much deserved success including multiple RVAL Championships.
School support for the program is strong. A healthy contingent of students and faculty attend road games, while home games are a true event at Dublin. Whitney Gymnasium fills up with fans and contests often include several entertaining fan-related half-time events, such as half-court shot contest, blind shooting, and a relay race.
Varsity Boys' basketball hosted Holderness (JV) on Saturday, February 17, in Dublin's last home contest of the season. The Wildcats jumped out to a 15-5 lead on the strength of six early points from junior co-captain Kyle Mincey '19 (Jersey City, NJ), and seemed to have the game well in hand at halftime, leading 30-15. But Holderness kept the game close on the strength of a game-high 43 points from Jake Madigan. Dublin missed chances to put the game away, going only 16-32 from the free-throw line, as they watched a seven-point lead dwindle to one. Holderness had a chance to win with ten seconds left, giving the ball to Madigan to drive the lane. The shot rimmed out, and Dublin held on for victory, 60-58.
Boys' Varsity basketball lost a tough game at home on Friday, 77-64 against River Valley Athletic League rival Paolo Freire. The gym was packed for Dublin's "Senior Night," and seniors Josh Hochberg '18 (Teaneck, NJ), Harrison Atlas '18 (Houston, TX), and Fabryce Joseph '18 (Easton, PA) were honored before the game. A scrappy Paolo Freire team got out to a fast start, causing turnovers and getting out in transition. Nate Gryczka '20 (Keene, NH), battling through illness, hit three three-pointers in the first half to close the halftime deficit to 30-26.
Dublin's Varsity boys' basketball team hosted Providence Country Day on Saturday for the second contest between the two schools this season. Dublin won the first matchup in December at the Charlie A. Invitational, but both teams were much improved from a month ago. Points were hard to come by all afternoon, with Dublin jumping out to a 13-3 lead, only to see Providence whittle the deficit down to 21-17 by halftime. The Wildcats' shooting went even colder in the second period, and four three-pointers from Providence guards Vin Grande and TJ Jones gave the visitors a comfortable eight-point cushion with four minutes left in the game. Timely buckets, however, by junior co-captain Kyle Mincey '19 (Jersey City, NJ) and a three-point play by Nate Gryczka '20 (Keene, NH) tied the game with under a minute remaining. After a clutch defensive stop, Mincey hit guard Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20 (Peterborough, NH) for a corner three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining, giving Dublin the lead for good.
Boys' Varsity basketball traveled north through the snow to Cardigan Mountain on Saturday. The game was played at a breakneck pace; from the moment the whistle blew, Cardigan's quickness and depth presented challenges to the Wildcats, who fell behind early but closed the deficit to 32-30 with three minutes remaining in the first half. Cardigan capitalized on some late turnovers to close the period, however, and went into the locker room on an 11-2 run. Dublin did its best to mount a comeback in the second half but had no answer for Cardigan forward Christian Moore, who led both teams with 25 points en route to a 81-64 victory. Dublin was led by Jaydon Belleveau-Ryan ’20 (Peterborough, NH) with 24 points, Nate Gryczka '19 (Keene, NH) with 18, and Wyatt Switzer’19 (Marlborough, NH) with 16.
Dublin (2-2, 1-0 RVAL) returns after the holiday break with a home game against Putney on January 10.
Varsity boys' basketball took care of business in their home opener on Wednesday night, defeating River Valley Athletic League rival Eagle Hill, 59-40. Dublin led from wire to wire, building a 28-22 halftime lead on the strength of pesky half-court defense and the hot shooting hand of Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20, playing in his first game of the year. Eagle Hill hung close for the first ten minutes of the second half, forcing a series of turnovers in the open floor. But the Wildcats kept their cool, scoring big fast-break buckets down the stretch to seal the victory. Belliveau-Ryan led both teams in scoring with 25 points, including five three-pointers, to go with 4 assists. Junior co-captain Kyle Mincey '19 added 9 points and 3 assists, while senior co-captain Fabryce Joseph '18 had 6 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 assists in a great all-around effort.
Henry Walters enters his third season as Dublin's boys' basketball coach. A coach's son himself, and a gym rat from a young age, Walters grew up in Clinton, Michigan, where he captained his high-school team for his final two seasons, advancing to the district finals. After attending Harvard College, where he played intramural and pick-up ball (briefly rubbing shoulders with Jeremy Lin), he taught and coached for two seasons at Groton School, lived in Ghana, Ireland, and Italy, and made an appearance for the Minotauro Taormina (Sicily) basketball team under the assumed name Andre LoGiudice. At Dublin, Walters runs an annual summer basketball camp, and has set expectations high for the Wildcats to compete and succeed at a high level in the competitive New England prep-school scene.