Boys' Varsity basketball, marking Dublin's first appearance in the NEPSAC tournament since 2013, traveled to East Greenwich, Rhode Island, on Wednesday for a quarterfinal matchup with Rocky Hill School. Dublin, seeded seventh in Class D, drew a tough opponent in second-seeded Rocky Hill, who controlled the tempo of the game from the opening tip. A trapping full-court press gave the Wildcats fits, forcing turnovers and poor decisions in transition and putting them in an early 16-5 hole from which they never recovered. In particular, the visitors had no answer for Rocky Hill's standout forward Tedrick Wilcox, who scored a game-high 36 points and wreaked havoc on the defensive end.
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.
Boys' Varsity basketball lost a tough game at home on Friday, 77-64 against River Valley Athletic League rival Paolo Freire. The gym was packed for Dublin's "Senior Night," and seniors Josh Hochberg '18 (Teaneck, NJ), Harrison Atlas '18 (Houston, TX), and Fabryce Joseph '18 (Easton, PA) were honored before the game. A scrappy Paolo Freire team got out to a fast start, causing turnovers and getting out in transition. Nate Gryczka '20 (Keene, NH), battling through illness, hit three three-pointers in the first half to close the halftime deficit to 30-26.