It was a very successful weekend for the Dublin High Boys and Girls Basketball programs, as every team went at least 2-1 and two teams came away with tournament championships.
The Dublin Varsity Boys had a particularly impressive showing against a previously unbeaten Pinole Valley squad that featured two Division I commits on its roster. After a slow start which saw the Gaels trail 7-1 early in the contest, Dublin caught fire and raced out to a 28-point advantage by halftime and cruised to a 97-68 win over the Spartans. The 97-point output to win the Todd Lichti Memorial Tournament at Mt. Diablo follows a 95-point performance in the semifinals against the tournament hosts. The Varsity team is now 4-1 overall on the season as it gears up for the highly competitive Gridley Invitational Basketball Tournament where they open up against Clovis North on Thursday.
In addition to the Varsity Boys Basketball team, the Junior Varsity also came away with a tournament title with a 14-point win on Saturday in the Championship game at Freedom High School. This was a particularly resilient and impressive performance considering that they had to go into Triple Overtime the previous night to defeat De La Salle (69-67) and survived an opening round scare before defeating Liberty 60-59 on Thursday. Dublin’s JV also defeated perennial powerhouse Archbishop Mitty by a wide margin in the season opener, making their 4-0 start to the season even more noteworthy.
Two other teams that advanced to their respective tournament championships before falling on Saturday were the Varsity Girls and Freshmen Boys. The Girls Varsity team won the Golden Valley Tournament in Merced last year, but were narrowly defeated 60-58 by an East Union team from Manteca that posted 20 wins in 2021. The JV Girls finished the Mission San Jose Tournament on a high note, rebounding from a 44-39 in the semifinals to the tournament hosts to beat East Bay Athletic League opponent Foothill 44-28 to capture 3rd place and cap a successful weekend for Dublin’s Basketball teams.