If the earlier scores of this year’s high school basketball season are any indication of how the rest of the year will turn out, it can only be summarized by one word: unpredictable.
Luckily for the Bulldogs, some team members are all too familiar with this dilemma. Just three months ago, Jonathan Dyer (’13), Lamonte Armstrong (’14), Kyven Jones (’14), Justin Herron (’14), and Chris Aust (’14) stood on the sidelines of Kline Alumni Stadium and watched as the Landon fans stormed the sidelines in another game Bullis was heavily favored to win. The week before the game, online forums were littered with posts ensuring a Bullis victory and students—including many members of the football team—were quite firm in their belief that the game would be a blowout.
After graduating standout guard Joe McDonald, Landon boasts a much younger and more inexperienced roster this year. The Bears are 0-3 in IAC play with double digit losses to St. Stephen’s, Episcopal, and Georgetown Prep. Landon has not had too much success in non-league play either as they are 2-8 overall. Bullis boasts a 2-0 record with wins over St. Albans and Episcopal. However, the status of their leading scorer and guard Anthony Thompson’s (’13) ailing back is still unknown, and he may be out of the lineup. Regardless, this is a game the Bulldogs know they should win. On the other hand, this season has emerged as the year of the underdog, and a Bullis win will take a full 32 minute effort. The reality of high school sports is that Dcsportsfan’s pick to win the game becomes inevitably irrelevant to all. The score at the end of the game, after all, is what counts.