The first seed Bullis Bulldogs were hosting the number two seed Georgetown Prep Hoyas. This was the biggest basketball game of the year, and the IAC championship. The boys looked nervous but excited throughout warmups because they had to adjust to all of the noise.
Georgetown Prep handled Bullis just two weeks prior to this game, winning by double digits. “We definitely had that game in the back of our mind,” Chyree Walker (‘17) said. Walker (‘17) also went on to share the importance this game had because he is a senior.
Early in the fourth quarter, Bullis’ playmaker, Vado Morse (‘18) hit a three to put the Bulldogs on top for their biggest lead of the night. The dogs were up fourteen points and the dogpound was surely chanting “You can’t stop him.” When asked about that moment, Thomas Baltimore (‘17) explained that “he could not even hear himself think.”
The Bulldogs’ smelt the IAC banner a little too quickly, and Prep and their Junior leader, Jared Bynum came storming back. The Hoyas tied the game up with around two minutes to play, and from there it was all about heart. Every spectator just knew that Bullis had it. You could see it in their faces.
The game came down to the last possession. The Bulldogs handled the ball with 24.3 seconds after the Hoyas tied the game 60-60. The whole team looked to their scoring leader, Vado Morse (‘18). Morse (‘18) drew a foul with 1.2 seconds left and hit both free throws to secure Bullis’ second IAC championship in the past four years.
“It was a surreal feeling,” said Junior guard Vado Morse (‘18). “To think everyone in the gym and Bullis community was expecting me to make this shot, really put pressure on me. But at the same time, I knew the countless times I have practiced my free throws would pay off in this moment.” The Bulldogs had a great season and surely earned their banner.