Putney and Dublin boys basketball for the second time in just under one week, would match up with the stakes again high. Last matchup, the winner would take the homecourt advantage for the playoffs while this matchup, the winner would get the chance to play in the 2019 RVAL Championship. Both teams very familiar with each other, played very aggressive on the defensive end. The first half was a back and forth battle with each team forcing the other into turnovers and tough shots. Freshman Salah Maalim once again was able to find his way to the basket, and scored 10 of his game high 16 points all in the first half helping the Wildcats hold on to a 19-13 going into the break. The second half was just as back and forth as the first until the Wildcats caught fire from the outside. Dereck Elmera and Salah both netted a pair of long range field goals pushing the Wildcats to their largest lead of the game with only a couple minutes left to play. Will Erch (8 points) and Eman Kline (10 points) of Putney both made shots late cutting the Dublin lead to just seven with under two minutes to play. At that time sophomore Exavian Clerveau drove to the basket for a strong finish, and would cause back to back steals limiting Putney to just one shot over the final minute and a half.
Hosting Eagle Hill JV in the quarter finals of the RVAL Playoffs, the Wildcats looked very enthusiastic and ready for a potential three games in four nights. Dublin realized they had a sizeable advantage around the basket, and seniors Wyatt Switzer and James Wolpe really made the most of it. Both James and Wyatt scored eight points throughout the first half and were able to block and alter most of Eagle Hill's shots around the hoop. Freshman Salah Maalim scored all ten of his points in the first half, while once again leading the Wildcats in assists with six. Halftime Dublin 35- Eagle Hill 13
The second half started quickly for the Wildcats as junior sharp shooter Dereck Elmera knocked down to long range three point field goals and two more finishes around the basket, scoring ten of his game high 14 points throughout the second half. Senior Max Johnson capitalizing on his opportunities scored a season high seven points and five rebounds. Dublin had all eight of their players score in a well rounded effort, as they would go on to advance over Eagle Hill JV 67-23.
Saturday afternoon Dublin boys basketball hosted The Putney School to complete the RVAL regular season. The winner of this match up would take the number one seed for the league playoffs and be able to host the championship game. From the jump, Dublin took off and didn't look back. Throughout the first half Dublin did a great job of sharing the ball to find the open man. James Wolpe and Dereck Elmera had a pair of field goals each, while Wyatt Switzer knocked down three of his own in the first half. With Senior Captain Kyle Mincey out for the game, freshman Salah Maalim did a great job stepping up lead the team with both points, seventeen, and assists seven. The second half Dublin continued to play swarming defense, limiting Putney to just 30 points for the game. Dublin really was able to pull away, when Senior Wyatt Switzer found his rhythm as the second half drew on, and scored ten of his sixteen in final frame.
The Dublin community was all there to support the Boys Varsity team Saturday afternoon in their home game against High Mowing. Both teams battled back and forth throughout the first half when Dublin's Will Wei and Max Johnson each hit a three point field goal helping Dublin hold on to a 20-19 lead going into halftime. Dublin would rely on their team defense to help them hold onto the lead throughout the second half. With just under eight minutes to go Freshman Andrew Edmunds, in just his second Varsity game of the season came in clutch! Knocking down a three point field goal and getting back to back assists, Andrew sparked a run that would lead to the Wildcats Victory. 39-29 Final.
The Dublin Wildcats remain undefeated in RVAL play with a 45-39 win over Eagle Hill Wednesday afternoon in Dublin, New Hampshire. (6-6 & 3-0 in RVAL). The first half was quiet for both teams as Dublin lead just 17-16 going into the break. Senior James Wolpe was strong throughout the game scoring eight of his season high 14 in the opening half. "James has been really important for us this whole year." Coach Dicruttalo said after the game. "He is not usually known for his scoring, so I was very happy to see him finishing around the basket. If he doesn't play like he did tonight, we wouldn't have been in position to win." Kyle Mincey (8 points) and Salah Maalim (13 points) came out strong in the second half both scoring eight points and tallying a hand full of steals collectively. Senior Wyatt Switzer added 8 points and a game high 9 rebounds while Eagle Hill was lead by Will Dullan who tallied his team 9 points all in the second half.
Friday night in front of a packed crowd full of students, faculty and local basketball fans, the Wildcats truly put on a show. Dublin Christian Academy started the game on fire, knocking down 70% of their first quarter field goal attempts and silencing the energetic home crowd. Trailing 24-12 about half way through the first half, Dublin was forced into using their second timeout of the game in the hopes of regrouping. After that timeout, Dublin very quickly found their grove and brought the crowd right back into the game. Derek Elmera on route to his career high of 18 points, knocked down three long range field goals in the first half while Senior James Wolpe added 12 points of his own while controlling the boards on both ends of the court. Dublin finished the half on a 15-0 run, giving the Wildcats a 27-24 lead entering the half.