Basketball adds value to the winter season


Brendan O'Connor

Team opens the season with comeback wins and some challenging losses

After a difficult season last year, expectations were tempered for the youthful basketball team, especially in the beginning of the year as they gained their footing under new coach John Harmatuk.

However, the team surprised many with a 49-46 comeback win in the opening game against Friends Central.  The Friars outscored Friends Central 17-9 in a fourth quarter surge led by sophomore Will Powers.

Another excellent second half came against Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast in a convincing 69-56 win. Joey Fitzpatrick played well, tallying 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 steals. Jack Doherty also contributed 11 points.

Despite another impressive performance by Joey Fitzpatrick, Malvern suffered its first loss in a 77-75 heartbreaker against Notre Dame High School (Ithaca, NY). Chris Anderson was also a key contributor with 8 assists.

The Friars lost their next game against rival St. Joe’s Prep, losing 66-36. The team continued its losing streak against nationally ranked Saint Benedict’s.

The Friars’ next two games feature The Phelps School and Devon Prep on December 19th and 22nd.  Inter-Ac play begins with Penn Charter January 4th.