Dock Boys Basketball: A Banner Year Cut Short
The 2019-20 Boy Basketball Season was truly a banner year for Dock. The seeds for this success were planted long before the results were realized. The team and coaches worked extremely hard in the off-season, hosting summer league, going to team camp, having open gyms, etc. This work continued through the fall.
After going 15-1 in BAL play and 18-4 overall and capturing the President’s Division title, the team entered Districts with one goal: win the District 1 Championship, a feat last accomplished in 1992. Win it they did, defeating Church Farm convincingly, 69-49. Then it was onto states, where Dock faced a Philadelphia school, Strawberry Mansion, in the first round. Dock displayed their ability at both ends of the floor, drubbing Mansion 70-35. Next up would be state powerhouse Holy Cross. Playing at Allentown Liberty High School, Dock bested the Crusaders 56-43, and moved onto the Elite 8, going farther than any previous Dock team. Playing with heart, grit, and confidence, Dock improved its record to 24-5, and was poised to continue its run. Then the unthinkable occurred: the season was cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic.
As unfortunate as that ending was, the season was one to remember. As the Head Coach of this group of student-athletes, I was so proud of how they improved and competed. We played team basketball, sharing the ball and running the fast break. Our superior conditioning allowed us to wear down opponents, and our usual focus on the defensive end of the floor allowed us to shut down teams. It was so rewarding to watch these components come together game after game. I will never forget the sheer joy of the team when we won districts, and how they doused me with water post-game! Our seniors were exceptional, providing great heart and leadership. My assistants were outstanding and indispensable. Our parents, fans, administration and student body were tremendous-it was great to see the groundswell of support with each victory!
Thanks to all who helped make this season truly one to remember! Coach Mike Fergus