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.
The boys' Varsity basketball team finished out its regular season with a 42-33 defeat of archrival Putney School. Dublin's third consecutive victory gave the Wildcats an overall winning record (9-8, 4-3 RVAL) for the first time in four years.
On Sunday it was announced that the team had earned a berth in the New England Class D Tournament. This will be Dublin's first appearance in the post-season NEPSAC tourney in five years, a terrific accomplishment. As the #7 seed, Dublin will face #2 Rocky Hill in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Tip-off time on Wednesday, February 28, is 6 pm.
Facing a must-win game, Dublin boys' Varsity basketball drove into New York State to take on the Hoosac School on Wednesday night. The visitors needed a win just to keep their end-of-year NEPSAC championship hopes alive, and the odds looked stacked against them. Hoosac, a former two-time Class D NEPSAC champion, was a strong opponent playing on their home court, and co-captain Wyatt Switzer '19 (Marlborough, NH) was forced to leave the game early in the first half after taking a charge and sustaining a mild concussion. But the Wildcats picked up the slack, winning the first half on the strength of seven three-pointers and some strong defensive efforts from Fabryce Joseph '18 (Easton, PA) and James Wolpe '19 (Dublin, NH).
The second half was nip-and-tuck the entire way, with Dublin leading the whole way, but never by more than a few points. Crucial defensive plays in the final two minutes and four clutch free throws by Nate Gryczka '20 (Keene, NH) pushed the lead to five, and Hoosac's buzzer-beating three-pointer was inconsequential, as the Wildcats pulled off the upset, 56-54.
Varsity Boys' basketball hosted Holderness (JV) on Saturday, February 17, in Dublin's last home contest of the season. The Wildcats jumped out to a 15-5 lead on the strength of six early points from junior co-captain Kyle Mincey '19 (Jersey City, NJ), and seemed to have the game well in hand at halftime, leading 30-15. But Holderness kept the game close on the strength of a game-high 43 points from Jake Madigan. Dublin missed chances to put the game away, going only 16-32 from the free-throw line, as they watched a seven-point lead dwindle to one. Holderness had a chance to win with ten seconds left, giving the ball to Madigan to drive the lane. The shot rimmed out, and Dublin held on for victory, 60-58.