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.
Wednesday January 16th, the Dublin Wildcats hosted Lakes Region foe The Tilton School. The Wildcats would rely heavily on their seniors throughout the night as Wolpe, Mincey and Switzer would combine for 48 of Dublins' 60 total points. Guard Kyle Mincey started off hot and continues to improve as a floor general, and netted 12 points to go along with his game high eight assists, finding classmates Wolpe and Switzer often open around the basket. Despite battling foul trouble, James Wolpe added 12 points of his own to go along with an impressive 8 rebounds. The breakout performance of the evening was Senior Captain Wyatt Switzer who dropped a career high twenty four points, while netting an impressive 10 of 15 shots from the field.
In Springfield, Massachusetts on Saturday night, Dublin Wildcats took on former two time RVAL Champions Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School. Both teams went back and forth throughout the first half thirteen different players scored in the opening frame. Dublin's relied on their inside outside game, as Seniors Wyatt Switzer and James Wolpe tallied 11 first half points combined, while Derek Elmera and Salah Maalim added 10 of their own. PFSJC used their well balanced attack and had six players score between 4-7 points in the opening half. Going into halftime Dublin trailed PFSJC 33-22.
In Beverly, Massachusetts on Wednesday evening the Dublin Boys Basketball team would play in class rival Covenant Christian. The Wildcats just having returned from winter break, looked excited to get back on the court and came out very strong throughout the first half. Senior Captain Wyatt Switzer scored ten of his game high sixteen points all in the first half helping Dublin climb to an early lead. Junior Derek Elmera has continued to show his ability to knock down the long range shot, and knocked down two deep threes extending Dublin's first half lead. Team defense was at an all time high, as the boys looked poised to limit CC's transition offense and held the Cougars to just 8 first half field goals and only 19 points. The Wildcats headed into half time leading 27-19.
Dublin School boys basketball hosted Cardigan Mountain School over the weekend in their last game before the winter break. Battling injuries and being down to just seven active players, everyone had to step up and make the most of their opportunities. Seniors Kyle Mincey (18points) and James Wolpe (14 points) both lead the Wildcats throughout the afternoon with both their scoring and their leadership. The Wildcats limited to just nine made field goals in the first half, found themselves down by ten at the conclusion of the first half. Cardigan Mountain's Lovelace (10 points) and Lesburt (25 points) both scored ten points in the first half and despite Dublin's focused effort on limiting them both in the second, Lesburt erupted for a game high 25 points including knocking down 4 of 6 from long range.
The second half Dublin started to get more comfortable with their team defense, really locking in and focusing on their game plan. Possession by possession, play by play, Dublin felt contributions from each of their players. "Defensively it takes five guys to play as one for our team to be successful," Coach Dicruttalo said after the game. "We have the potential to really form our identity on the defense side of the ball, and every day, every game the boys seem more and more clear of what is expected and what they are capable of." Holding Eagle Hill to just twenty-one second half points Dublin found themselves tied with eight minutes to play.
Friday night in front of a really energetic and enthusiastic crowd, Dublin School faced off with host team, The Bancroft School. Just like their first game of the season, the Wildcats started the game with some strong team defense, lead by their rim protecting Senior Captains James Wolpe (7 points 8 rebounds) and Wyatt Switzer (10 points 9 rebounds). With the score just 10-4 ten minutes into the game, the home crowd started waking up and in doing so woke up their 6'5 Senior Captain Carlo Mannina, who scored 18 of his game high twenty points in the first half.
The 2018-19 Dublin Boys Basketball Season got underway over the weekend, as High Mowing came to The Dublin School for an early season matchup.
Dublin and High Mowing went back and forth over the first 8 minutes of the half, trading both baskets and the lead several times. About half way through the first half, the score was knotted up at ten a piece. Over the remainder of the first half freshman Salah Maalim of Boston, Massachusetts started to catch fire and finished the half with twelve points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field. Sparked by some hot shooting, and their team defense, Dublin was able to finish the half on a 17-3 run building their largest lead of the game 27-13 going into halftime.
In high school, Coach DiCruttalo lettered 3 years as a varsity player at Franklin High where he was part of two league championship teams and was named First-Team All-League twice. After high school, he continued his playing career at Westfield State University. During his senior year, he was elected captain where he led the team in steals & assists and finished second in points & rebounds. After graduation, Coach DiCruttalo has held various coaching positions at the high school and university level.
Serving multiple years as a college, high school, and youth basketball coach, as well as serving on multiple town & recreational travel boards, has given him a unique insight into overall basketball player development. Over the past 10 years, Coach Di Cruttalo has had the opportunity to work with players all across the development spectrum. From directing youth instructional leagues to helping potential college players maximize their potential and find opportunities to continue their careers after college, Joe has gained a unique view on the best tactics to maximize development for players of all skill levels and ages.