Boys’ varsity basketball wins seven of last eight, hopeful for late playoff run


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Junior Yassine Idrissa dunks during pregame warmups before beating Gaithersburg 55-49.

After losing their last game to B-CC, the boys looked to rebound in a home game against Magruder. At halftime, the score was tied at 27, with the game being anyone’s to win.

Unfortunately, the Patriot’s could not pull the game off, losing 58-50, and continuing their losing streak. The next game was away against Richard Montgomery. The team had won their first match against them, and they came in hopeful for a similar outcome. Since their last meeting, Richard Montgomery gained a player who is 6 ’10, ultimately leading to the Patriot’s downfall. The Patriots kept it close with the final scoring being 57-50, and increasing the Patriot’s losing streak to three games.

The team then had a string of winnable games, which served as record and confidence improvers before the playoffs. First was a home game against Kennedy. The Patriots won 64-48, improving their record to 8-6. Next was another home game against Northwood. They won the game 52-44. Third was away against Rockville. The Patriots won 77-50 in a blowout. The last game, to give the Patriots a four-game win streak, was against Wheaton. The score was 68-36, improving the team’s record to 11-6. “Having four wins in a row definitely helped improve the team’s attitude, and it gave us confidence,” senior captain Peter Stanton-Shepherd said.

The next game was Whitman at home. It was a hyped up game with large playoff implications. Unfortunately, Whitman came out on fire and did not stop. They made every shot, and the team could not keep up. The Patriots got blown out, losing 60-40 and ending the win streak.

After a disappointing loss, the Patriots were poised to play Quince Orchard. Due to the junior varsity season being over, players from that team were pulled up to varsity, including freshman point guard Shayan Kurup. Due to injuries on the team, Kurup received significant playing time. The game got off to a good start with a score of 37-25 at halftime. Junior Yassine Idrissa was on fire with 23 points at halftime. The team finished the game off strong, winning 71-48.

The Patriots then had a game against Blair. It was another strong performance where they won 72-57.

The Patriot’s most recent game was away against Watkins Mill. Watkins Mill has not won a game this year and it was evident. They clearly lacked in size and the game was a blowout. The score was 42-9 at halftime. The Patriot bench got more playing time than the starters in a 60-19 win. The Patriots’ record improved to 14-7, currently on a three-game win streak. “Winning seven of our past eight games definitely makes me feel good about what this team can do in the playoffs, and I’m hopeful we can make a deep run,” senior captain Ryan McGraw said.

The next game is home against Gaithersburg where the Patriots will have their senior night. Stanton-Shepherd, McGraw, and senior captain Conner Mitchell will be celebrated as the only seniors on the team.