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.
Dublin, being down a few players for this game, would look for contributions from everyone to keep the match close. Derek Elmera knocked down several timely three point baskets, (9 points 3-5 from deep) and brought the game with in striking distance for the Wildcats. Freshman Salah Maalim added twelve points to go along with his eight rebounds and six assists and has starting to look more and more comfortable each night out. Maalim was not the only underclassman taking advantage of his situation, as Exavion Clerveau (Boston, MA) knocked down his first two Varsity three point baskets, to go along with also setting his varsity career high of 8 points. "Exavion has been one of our hardest workers this season," Coach Dicruttalo said after the game. "Every sprint, every drill, he has been focused this year and giving his all. Really happy to see as he has worked to become more than just a defender for us, but someone confident enough to knock down shots as well."
Cardigan would make some key free throws and despite an energetic push late from the Wildcats, they would hold on to upset Dublin, 66-61.
Dublin entering their holiday break, will return to action on January 9th at Covenant Christian before traveling down to RVAL Rival PFSJC on January 12th.