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 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.
Dublin hosted Winchendon on Saturday in its final game of the season. The Wildcats put it all together in the first half, executing well on offense and feeding co-captain Wyatt Switzer '19 (Marlborough, NH) in the post for 10 points before intermission. Dublin held its own on the boards against the bigger Winchendon forwards, and took a 27-26 lead into the locker room. But the height difference in the front-court made a difference in the second half, as Winchendon capitalized on 16 offensive rebounds to pull ahead for good, while Dublin's shooters went cold. Switzer led the team with 12 points, while Nate Gryczka '20 (Keene, NH) and Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20 (Peterborough, NH) each added 11.
In a year led by underclassmen, the Wildcats (6-14, 3-4 RVAL) made great strides both individually and as a team. With all players returning, expectations are high for Dublin's 2017-2018 campaign.
Dublin ran into a deep, athletic, talented squad from Cambridge, MA, on Wednesday and got pummeled, 77-34. Idriss Traore '19 (New York, NY) led the team with 13 points. Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20 (Peterborough, NH) added 10 and Will Campbell '19 (Milford, NH) had 9.
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.