Winter sports teams are in full flight this time of year, which means the Varsity Basketball team, is one of them.
The team’s season opening game is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th. With the majority of last year’s team returning, the Dragons are poised for their second playoff appearance and Patriot League title in the last three seasons.
Coming off of a disappointing end to the 2015-16 season the squad looks to mirror the success of the 2014-15 team who finished 10-6, winning the Patriot League and losing a last second thriller in the second round of the playoffs 67-66 on the road at Bishop Feehan.
With a seasoned group of Seniors on this years Varsity roster, coach Cushing, along with the sixteen individuals on the team, each have high expectations for the 2016-17 season.
Nate S, Senior Forward, “The team looks good, we have a lot of hard workers and guys who are willing to sell out and scrap for loose balls which is something we’ve missed in years past, coach Cushing really preaches that to us.”
A new found sense of toughness and grit is a common theme with this year’s group, “This is a really important intangible that all great teams need if they want to win big games, and that is what we intend to do.” said senior Ryan R.
For the students and fans of DHS, basketball home games are a popular spot for entertainment. The students like to pack the gym and coordinate one massive student section where everyone dresses up in the same color to help support the home team.
Sam R super fan, senior, “Lots of depth at point guard, senior Nick Gearin, one of several returners is poised for a big season.” Along with many other returners from last season’s team, Nick Gearin, a Senior at DHS, is expected to be the starter at point guard this year as he has been the past two seasons, and looks to build off of past year’s success.
Another key attribute to this team is their team size and skill. Johnny B, senior big man, “We have a lot of skilled big men with guard skills, and that is a deadly combination especially when forcing mismatches which we will use to our advantage and frustrate teams all year.”