March 14, 2018
By: Erica Rose
The Moravian Academy boy’s basketball team is preparing for the second round of states for the first time in school history. But, don’t think the fact that they’ve never been there before has an effect on them. Oh no. The team has been breaking records all year, and this is just another step in the run. Four years ago the team went winless, and now they can say they are District XI Champions. They can also say they set the most wins in a season, and won a first ever PIAA state playoff game. But the team is not surprised. They knew they had the talent, as they have been playing together since junior high, it just took some maturing. For Head Coach Steve Gabryluk, it has taken a lot of hard work and preparation from him and his coaching staff, but they have been enjoying every moment.
The team made their PIAA debut an exciting one, overcoming a four-point deficit heading in to the fourth. That has been part of the maturity process said Gabryluk. Throughout the year, the team would not be able to hold on to the lead at times, but this time was different. They adjusted (the Lions switched to a 1-3-1 defense during the game) and that made a big difference. The Lions would much rather play man-to-man and will start every game like that, but if they need to they will certainly adjust accordingly tonight and moving forward (should they continue their run.)
Right now the team is just having a lot of fun, I mean who wouldn’t!? They are playing in March Madness! They’ve watched film, and have prepared to the best of their ability, and the Lions have a very good shot at earning the win tonight, as long as their defense holds up. Game time is set for 6pm at Martz Hall in Pottsville. They will be facing the 2 seed out of district 2 in Northwest. The Rangers have two key players who had career nights in their opening round, but at the same time the Rangers enter with a losing record (11-15.)