DeModna, seniors look to cap their high school careers with a strong finish

Ryan McFarlane, Sport's Editor

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As the varsity boys’ basketball season wraps up, the team looks to gain momentum and take it with them into next year.

Their record is currently 7-11 nearing the conclusion of the season.  Notable games include Glen Allen on Feb. 1 and their season finale against Patrick Henry on Feb. 12.

In late November, senior captain Joe DeModna committed to Muhlenberg College, a school in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Despite the frantic recruiting process, DeModna continues to play at a high level each game.

During the 2018-19 campaign, DeModna led the team averaging 10.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game with shooting 47 percent from the field.

Other top performers include seniors Michael Belden who averages 10.1 ppg, Dylan McFarlane who averages 9.5 ppg, and Samuel Bobitz who averages 6.3 ppg.

“Our team is good at feeding off each other’s energy, and I just try to play as hard as I can to help us win.  We need to just take it one game at a time,” DeModna said.

Dec. 14 marked a key win as the boys’ basketball team defeated Mills Godwin 44-33.  The Wildcats got a burst off the bench with junior guard Scott Sweeney hitting back to back 3-pointers to help push the lead to double digits.  The Wildcats’ defensive efforts shut down the Eagles in the highly anticipated rivalry game.

However, in their second game against Godwin on Jan. 25, they were defeated 50-41.  Belden led the scoring with 12 points and DeModna added 11 more.  Although the players played well in the back and forth matchup, Godwin pulled away with just a few minutes left.

“The rivalry games are the games we look forward to each season.  We have worked hard all offseason, so we can be prepared to win these games,” senior captain Dylan McFarlane said.

Deep Run has new dynamics to help them get a quick burst at just the right time for a strong finish.

“We just have to focus on working hard and playing as a team,” junior guard Vishal Kommidi said.