Boys varsity basketball has exciting season

Sports

As the sun remains in the sky longer and the weather begins to warm up, the winter sports season begins to wind down. This year, the boys varsity basketball team had an incredible season and was able to make the playoffs; unfortunately, they lost in the first round against Canterbury.

After beginning the season with a loss to St. Andrews 62-49, the boys varsity basketball team broke away on a fast break, winning 14 straight games before falling to Loomis Chaffee with a score of 61-76. 

Assistant Coach Ron Garcia noted a particular game against Greenwich Country Day in which he was impressed with the team. While the Wyverns did win the game with a score of 72-53, Coach Garcia said that the team started slow but responded well in the second half, winning comfortably. Coach Garcia believes the team improved as they reached closer to the end of the season. 

Head Coach Brad Seaman spoke on the loss to Loomis Chaffee that snapped the 14 game win streak, highlighting that it was a good learning experience for the team. “I think it was good for us to feel what it was like to lose,” Coach Seaman said. “I firmly believe we as a team and coaching staff learned more about who we are and what we need to improve on in our loss to Loomis Chaffee than in our win to Greenwich Country Day.”

Coach Garcia highlighted junior forward Gavin Griffiths, who scored 24 points in the loss to Loomis Chaffee and who, overall, has had great offensive performances in the last few games. Another player Coach Garcia featured was sophomore guard Rhandyn Bair, who also has been impressive offensively and defensively throughout the season. 

Coach Seaman spoke more on the team as a whole and how each player, whether bench, starter, or manager, has an important role on the team. “We have guys that push us in practice that make our starters better,” Coach Seaman said. “When we blend the whole team together, you get something that allows us to play as one.” 

The overall team chemistry of the boys varsity basketball team has also been key in the success of the team. “We don’t have to put their egos in check because everybody wants the same thing: to win and play hard together,” Coach Seaman said. 

Synonymous with the end of an athletic season, every team likes to have some fun, including the boys varsity basketball team. Coach Garcia, Assistant Coach Peter Jones, and Brian “The Tomahawk Destroyer” Jennings participated in a 2 v. 1 steak-eating contest. Unfortunately, Coach Garcia and Jones tied with Jennings. 

The Wyverns were able to make the NEPSAC tournament, but faced the first-seeded Canterbury team in the quarterfinals and lost 87-51. Though the loss was tough to swallow, the boys varsity basketball team, nonetheless, had an exciting and eventful season.