By Brandon Torng '20
The 2018-2019 season has been a series of ups and downs for the St. Albans basketball team. Starting their season in late November, the Bulldogs came out strong, defeating Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School by 34 points. Following a loss to Sidwell, STA rebounded the next week by reaching the finals of the Quaker Classic. Defeating IDEA PCS and Takoma Academy in the first two rounds, the Bulldogs were matched up against Sidwell, again. Unfortunately, the Quakers won the championship, after which Senior Phillip Jordan and Junior Michael Katsock were named to the all-tournament team. Next up for the Bulldogs was the annual Bishop Walker Tournament, hosted by St. Albans. The team won their first two games by a combined margin of 68 points, putting them in the finals. Facing off against Friendship Collegiate Academy, the Bulldogs were defeated 47-57. After suffering another non-league loss against GDS, the team began the IAC season at Bullis where the Bulldogs came up short in a 52-55 loss. The first half of the IAC season was winless for the team, although the team was 3-2 in non-conference games during that stretch. Game 6 of the IAC season saw STA earn their first win, defeating the bears 67-59 in the Martin Gym. The team is currently 10-12 overall and 1-6 in IAC play.
Currently lead by Michael Katsock (15.5 ppg) and Phillip Jordan (14.9 ppg), the Bulldogs are looking to end the IAC season strong, with upcoming games against St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, Episcopal, and Bullis. Although the Bulldogs have struggled in league play, 4 of their 6 losses have been by 10 or fewer points, including 3 point losses to both Episcopal and Bullis.
This coming week, the Bulldogs will play at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes on Tuesday, February 5th, and at home against Episcopal on Friday, February 9th. On Friday the team will be honoring their four seniors during Senior Night. Before the IAC tournament begins on Tuesday, February 12th, the Bulldogs will also play a makeup game at home against Bullis.