Dublin boys' Varsity basketball went on the road last weekend, traveling to Worcester for the annual "Charlie A. Invitational Tournament" at Bancroft School. Dublin's opponent on Friday night was Watkinson School, a talented squad whose full-court press caused an astounding 37 Wildcat turnovers through the course of the game. But despite ball-handling troubles, Dublin scrambled back from an 8-0 deficit, and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Nate Gryczka '20 to end the first half cut Watkinson's lead to 42-39.
Leads were traded many times in the fast-paced second half, and Dublin held a slim lead with three minutes remaining in the game. But Watkinson's defense proved the stronger down the stretch, holding off Dublin by a score of 73-67.
Watkinson was led by point guard and NEPSAC all-star John Coleman, who had 30 points on the night, many of them in the final minutes. The only man on the floor more difficult to stop was Dublin freshman Jay Belliveau-Ryan '20, who played an outstanding game in a losing effort for the Wildcats, scoring 35 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and adding 4 steals. Fellow freshman Gryczka also had a breakout game, scoring 15 on 6-10 shooting. Idriss Traore '19 added 10 rebounds. Watkinson went on to win the tournament, beating host Bancroft 90-88.