For our last game of the season, we traveled south along snowy roads to take on Westminster. Both teams started slowly on the offensive end and the first points were hard to come by. We eked out a six point lead after about 6 minutes and through some good defense by us, and unlucky shooting by Westy, we went into the halftime break up 20 – 6. But we knew the game was far from over. Sure enough, Westminster’s man-to-man pressure started to take its toll and we started turning the ball over, and Westy took advantage. With about 6 minutes to go, they were back in the game, down only 6 points and building momentum. Fortunately for us, the game became a see – saw battle from there on out, with neither team able to firmly secure the desired outcome until the clock finally got to about 6 seconds left and we had the ball and the lead for good. Westminster deserves recognition and credit as they lived up to their motto showing both Grit and Grace.
All 13 of our players got good court time, with 10 of our 13 players scoring and everybody registering a shot. It was great to have John Mandiamy ‘25 back on the court after his being out for most of February with an injury. Ephraim Tutu ‘24 led all scorers with 12, with Tucker Gongaware and Victor Kibuuka both ‘26 adding 5. Tyler Long and Tommy Govi kept us strong with some big rebounds. Our guards, Tai Feng ‘26, Luka Kokosadze ‘25, Justin Ahn ‘24, Reed Ferguson ‘24, Ishaan Myrie ‘ 25, Victor, Tyler and Ephraim bore a lot of responsibility today dealing with the full court man pressure defense from Westminster, a defense we had not seen this year. The two biggest cheers on the day were after assisted layups by Arvin Mou ‘25 and Jaydon Hierro Kormanicki ‘26 neither of whom has scored often but both have worked so hard this season to contribute.
We capped it all off with burritos on the way home, a rousing version of the DA fight song down Albany road and a spotless Big Green bus – a fun and fitting last day of the 22-23 season.