Four seniors on the Girls Soccer team played in their final match at Gaels Stadium, while seven seniors on the Boys Basketball team also were recognized on Senior Night on Saturday night at the Sports Complex in what was a night of celebrations at Dublin High School.
Irtaza Gillani, Mehki Thomas, David Filipovas, Adam Moore, Corbin McMillon, Courtney Anderson Jr., and Donovan Cooks all contributed in Dublin’s hard-fought 67-60 win over Granada, improving Dublin’s record to 17-7 overall and 6-1 in the East Bay Athletic League. The Gaels are now in a three-way tie atop the EBAL standings with De La Salle and Dougherty Valley.
Cooks led the Gaels with 25 points while Anderson contributed 17 points and Thomas added 15 to power the offensive attack, while Filipovas and Moore were key contributors on defense against the Matadors’ dominant Center Andrew McKeever. Dublin had a 28-23 advantage at halftime and never was able to stretch their lead beyond 8 points as the teams traded buckets for most of the second half. Granada pulled within one point on multiple occasions but was never able to claim the lead. Cooks scored 8 straight points for the Gaels to close the 3rd quarter helping to repel a Granada run and provide what proved to be the margin of victory.
Dublin finishes the regular season this week with two home games, taking on Foothill on Tuesday, January 31st (Best Buddies Night) and then hosting Dougherty Valley in the season finale on Friday, February 3rd in a game that could decide the top seed for the EBAL Tournament (February 6-11).
In Girls Soccer action, Allison Moore, Grace Toney, Summer Starsiak, and Isabel Liu were all honored before kickoff of their match against Granada. The Gaels trailed the Matadors 1-0 at halftime, but scored a goal midway through the second half to forge a much-needed 1-1 tie and keep their North Coast Section playoff hopes alive. Dublin will travel to face Amador Valley (January 31st) and Foothill (February 2nd) this week.