The boys varsity basketball team has played on some big stages this season: from the KITs to TD garden. They still have a particular stage in mind though: playoffs.
The boys basketball team ended the month of December with an important 58-49 win over Avon Old Farms School followed by emerging victorious in the KITs. The Wyverns dominated all aspects in all the games of the KITs, to much of the pleasure of their fans. They defeated Kents Hill School 83-50, Hopkins School 69-48, and Storm King School 76-58.
January is the most important month in the boys basketball team’s season just because of the sheer number of games. The Wyverns picked up right how they left off, dominating Millbrook School with a decisive 58-43 win on Saturday, Jan. 11.
After a short one day rest, the Wyverns faced a talented class A Taft team on Monday, Jan. 13. The shots weren’t falling like they typically do for KO, but they stay in the game because of some tremendous defense.
Senior forward Captain Jackson Wolff, who is typically a sharpshooter, decided to alter the game and scored five consistent baskets off the dribble. This caused a huge shift in the game according to Head Coach Brad Seamen. The Wyverns were able to win the game 52-45 in a close grind-it-out game.
The team then faced the Hotchkiss School on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The Wyverns fell short in this matchup, losing 71-55. KO then traveled to Pomfret School on Saturday, Jan. 18, where they lost a close 51-44 game. Despite playing good defense, which has been a strong part of the Wyverns’ game this season according to Coach Seamen, the Wyverns weren’t able to put the ball in the basket.
After these two losses, the Wyverns bounced back with a dominating win against the Gunnery School, winning 71-54. This was a big bounce back game for the wyverns after losing their previous two games.
The team then faced Westminster School on Friday, Jan. 24. The Wyverns were defeated, losing 84-79. KO played tremendously on offense, but Westminster had the hot hand. They were shooting an unreal percentage from the field.
The Wyverns traveled to T.D. Garden, the home of the Boston Celtics, the next day on Saturday, Jan. 25. The team lost 63-47 team to Pingree School on the parquet. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Kingswood Oxford faced off against Berkshire School, losing 56-39. The team had some difficulty operating their offensive sets in this competition, according to junior center Hunter Meshanic.
The Wyverns then faced Choate Rosemary Hall on Friday, Jan. 31. The team was playing in honor of Kobe Bryant, asking all of the fans to wear purple and yellow. The Wyverns dominated this game, winning 76-58. H. Meshanic and Wolff had great games in honor of Kobe. Junior guard Carter Meshanic also recorded a double-double.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, KO traveled to the Gunnery School, winning by just under ten points. The team played great defense in this low scoring matchup, with senior guard Jordan Walker recording a couple of steals.
Coach Seamen is very proud of his team. “We’re a team that pools from a thirty mile radius competing against recruited athletes and PGs (post graduates),” Coach Seamen said.
Going towards the end of the season Coach Seamen wants to capitalize on his deep second unit and put pressure on opposing teams by running a trap.