Boys’ basketball ends on hot note going into playoffs

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Photo by Gurnoor Kaur

Senior guard Ian Smith drives to the basket looking for an opportunity to score against Quince Orchard on Feb. 8.

There’s a lot to catch up on with the varsity boys’ basketball team. The boys were slammed with at least two games a week for the past four to five weeks. They seemed to still be struggling, with a record of 4-16.

In late January, the team played four games and won one game out of the four. Looking to secure a needed win after a couple tough losses, the team traveled  to Kennedy on Jan. 18 and couldn’t pull through, falling short to the Cavaliers 62-51.

The Rockville game was a great win and was exactly what we needed to gain some momentum and push us forward into the last bit of our reason.”

— Ryan Parent

On Jan. 25, the boys hosted Rockville. In a nail-biting game, the boys pulled out an incredible win against the Rams 54-50. This was a huge win for the guys, and was extremely needed for the sake of the team’s momentum and how they would carry themselves further. “The Rockville game was a great win and was exactly what we needed to gain some momentum and push us forward into the last bit of our reason,” senior point guard Ryan Parent said.  

Unfortunately for the team, with that win, came a vicious cold streak of losses. The boys lost their next six straight games. They first lost to Whitman at home on Jan. 27 with a score of 72-47. Four days later, they then hosted Wheaton at home on Jan. 31 and fell short with a score of 63-52.

On Feb. 2, they then played Whitman again, this time on the Vikings’ home court and just barely lost 45-44. After the Whitman loss, the team traveled back home and hosted Quince Orchard on Feb. 4. The boys got blown out, losing by 20 points to QO, with an end score of 61-41. 

Four days later, the team traveled to Silver Spring to play Blair on Feb. 8 and lost 57-35. The team’s lack of an offensive presence seems to be exploited by every team they compete with, because the majority of their losses are by a large margin – 15 points or more. Two days after, the team played RM on Feb. 10 at RM and just barely lost, 66-63. Junior center Ryan McGraw had a career and season high 23 points scored. “It was an awesome team win and I’m just glad I did my part in securing the team’s victory,”  RyanMcGraw said. 

The next game the team played was on Feb. 11, and was a  special game: senior night. The five active seniors who started are Ian Smith, Rob Carpenter, Dason Miller, Dylan Yoon and Justin McGraw. Each senior got the chance to play in front of their family and friends, with a senior night ceremony hosted before the game started. The team played Watkins Mill and was able to pull out their  win with a score of 67-52, ending the team’s cold streak. 

A notable performance in that game was senior point guard Dylan Yoon, who had 12 points, six assists and five rebounds. “It was an awesome game and an incredible team win. It was an awesome experience to play well in front of the fans and all my family, and it is a memory I will always have with me,” Yoon said. 

Most recently, the team played Gaithersburg away on Feb. 15 and lost on a half court buzzer-beater. That Gaithersburg loss sealed up the 2022 regular season, and the boys will play in the first round of the playoffs against Whitman on Feb. 24.