2018-19 Boys RVAL Champions
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.
Putney and Dublin boys basketball for the second time in just under one week, would match up with the stakes again high. Last matchup, the winner would take the homecourt advantage for the playoffs while this matchup, the winner would get the chance to play in the 2019 RVAL Championship. Both teams very familiar with each other, played very aggressive on the defensive end. The first half was a back and forth battle with each team forcing the other into turnovers and tough shots. Freshman Salah Maalim once again was able to find his way to the basket, and scored 10 of his game high 16 points all in the first half helping the Wildcats hold on to a 19-13 going into the break. The second half was just as back and forth as the first until the Wildcats caught fire from the outside. Dereck Elmera and Salah both netted a pair of long range field goals pushing the Wildcats to their largest lead of the game with only a couple minutes left to play. Will Erch (8 points) and Eman Kline (10 points) of Putney both made shots late cutting the Dublin lead to just seven with under two minutes to play. At that time sophomore Exavian Clerveau drove to the basket for a strong finish, and would cause back to back steals limiting Putney to just one shot over the final minute and a half.
Saturday afternoon Dublin boys basketball hosted The Putney School to complete the RVAL regular season. The winner of this match up would take the number one seed for the league playoffs and be able to host the championship game. From the jump, Dublin took off and didn't look back. Throughout the first half Dublin did a great job of sharing the ball to find the open man. James Wolpe and Dereck Elmera had a pair of field goals each, while Wyatt Switzer knocked down three of his own in the first half. With Senior Captain Kyle Mincey out for the game, freshman Salah Maalim did a great job stepping up lead the team with both points, seventeen, and assists seven. The second half Dublin continued to play swarming defense, limiting Putney to just 30 points for the game. Dublin really was able to pull away, when Senior Wyatt Switzer found his rhythm as the second half drew on, and scored ten of his sixteen in final frame.
The Dublin community was all there to support the Boys Varsity team Saturday afternoon in their home game against High Mowing. Both teams battled back and forth throughout the first half when Dublin's Will Wei and Max Johnson each hit a three point field goal helping Dublin hold on to a 20-19 lead going into halftime. Dublin would rely on their team defense to help them hold onto the lead throughout the second half. With just under eight minutes to go Freshman Andrew Edmunds, in just his second Varsity game of the season came in clutch! Knocking down a three point field goal and getting back to back assists, Andrew sparked a run that would lead to the Wildcats Victory. 39-29 Final.
The Dublin Wildcats remain undefeated in RVAL play with a 45-39 win over Eagle Hill Wednesday afternoon in Dublin, New Hampshire. (6-6 & 3-0 in RVAL). The first half was quiet for both teams as Dublin lead just 17-16 going into the break. Senior James Wolpe was strong throughout the game scoring eight of his season high 14 in the opening half. "James has been really important for us this whole year." Coach Dicruttalo said after the game. "He is not usually known for his scoring, so I was very happy to see him finishing around the basket. If he doesn't play like he did tonight, we wouldn't have been in position to win." Kyle Mincey (8 points) and Salah Maalim (13 points) came out strong in the second half both scoring eight points and tallying a hand full of steals collectively. Senior Wyatt Switzer added 8 points and a game high 9 rebounds while Eagle Hill was lead by Will Dullan who tallied his team 9 points all in the second half.
Friday night in front of a packed crowd full of students, faculty and local basketball fans, the Wildcats truly put on a show. Dublin Christian Academy started the game on fire, knocking down 70% of their first quarter field goal attempts and silencing the energetic home crowd. Trailing 24-12 about half way through the first half, Dublin was forced into using their second timeout of the game in the hopes of regrouping. After that timeout, Dublin very quickly found their grove and brought the crowd right back into the game. Derek Elmera on route to his career high of 18 points, knocked down three long range field goals in the first half while Senior James Wolpe added 12 points of his own while controlling the boards on both ends of the court. Dublin finished the half on a 15-0 run, giving the Wildcats a 27-24 lead entering the half.
PCD pulls away late to break the Wildcats two game win streak
Providence, Rhodes Island on Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats would play Class D Rival PCD for their second game in twenty four hours. From the opening jump PCD took the ball to the basket, and looked to break the Wildcats recent win streak. The game would go back and forth throughout the first half until B. Greenless of PCD knocked down back to back three point baskets putting the Wildcats down by 13 going into the half. Senior Wyatt Switzer continued to find ways to score, knocking in 8 of 14 from the field and while also grabbing a game high ten rebounds. Sophomore Salah Maalim would add thirteen points himself, including a big three point basket late bringing the Wildcats once again with in just eight points. PCD once again would look to Greenless who scored ten of his game high twenty two points over the last several minutes of the game. PCD would pull away to win convincingly 58-39.
Friday January 18th the Wildcats traveled to Greenfield, Massachusetts to challenge RVAL foe Four Rivers. From the early moments of the game, Dublin seemed focus to keep their undefeated league record intact. Fresh off of his season high the game before, Senior Wyatt Switzer continued his dominant performance around the basket, tallying an impressive 17 points in the first half in route to setting his new career high of 25 points for the game. The ball was moving around very well, and with attention starting to focus on Switzer, the rest of the Wildcats stepped up to make baskets all half. Sophomore Guard Exavian Clerveau added five points to go along with his game high seven steals, while fellow sophomore Will Wei added six points, including a near put back dunk to end the first half. With Will's halftime buzzer beating baskets, all eight of the Wildcats made a field goal to build their largest lead of the game going into the half 44-18. The second half would continue with great all around effort from the entire team including yet another breakout performance from Freshman Guard Salah Maalim who would finish with a career high 21 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds. Senior Guard Kyle Mincey added ten points and five assists while fellow senior James Wolpe grabbed a game high thirteen rebounds.
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.