Game 1 Dublin vs. Bancroft School
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. Trailing by double digits, Freshman Salah Maalim (Boston, MA) continued to fight throughout the first half to help the Wildcats close the gap, and scored 8 points before being sidelined for the rest of the weekend with a shoulder injury.
Halftime Bancroft 41 Dublin School 26.
Throughout the second half Bancroft continued to build their lead with some strong shooting from junior CJ Holmberg (18 points on 9-12 shooting). Dublin showed no lack of effort, and continued to battle even down to the final seconds, despite the game being out of reach. Dublin's Seniors Kyle Mincey and Wyatt Switzer both added 8 points each in the second half and did a great job of showing the young Wildcats roster, how to compete and fight throughout the entire game. "With a team full of guys with limited Varsity experience, we have yet to truly find out identity." Coach Dicruttalo said after the game. "Really happy with our four seniors this year, they have done a great job every day at practice, working their best to create a culture they can be proud of. The score tonight certainly didn't finish out the way we would have hoped, but we left this game better than when we had arrived." Final Score Bancroft 77 Dublin 53
Game 2 Dublin vs. Watkinson School
Saturday afternoon both teams who lost the night before, would face off in an exciting consolation game. Watkinson lost a tough game Friday night versus Providence Country Day after leading most of the game and would look to bounce back versus the Wildcats in day two. Dublin's Sophomore Aidan Ansted (Cornelius, NC) started to find his niche as he tallied 18 of his team high 25 points all in the opening half. Junior Benny Zhang (Beijing, China) made the most of his first start of the year, and knocking down two of his first three shots from long range. Watkinson would rely pretty heavily on their two man punch of Angel Thompson '21 (Hartford, CT) and Jacob Salas'19 (Farmington, CT) who would finish with twenty-four and twenty-nine points respectively. With just five minutes to play in the game, Dublin trailed Watkinson by just 7 points with the score 65-58. Keying up on both Salas and Thompson Dublin left sharp shooter Adam Joseph '21 (11 points) who knocked down back to back to back three point field goals over the remaining minutes of the game. Watkinson finishes the game on a 12-2 run to secure the win 77-60.
Next up for Dublin will be December 12th versus RVAL Rival Eaglehill in Hardwick, Mass.