The opening round of districts yielded a familiar theme for DC, who much like when they faced New Hope in the BAL Tourney, found themselves facing an opponent they had lost to previously. Valley Forge Military Academy was confident after defeating our Knights 61-53 and shooting 60% from the floor in their first matchup of the year. This time, DC showed great focus on defense and held Valley Forge to 48 points in a 68-48 romp of the visiting Cadets. The win guaranteed a PIAA State Tournament berth and also, most believed, a set up a final showdown against Dock Mennonite in the District 1 Class AA finals.
The matchup against Dock wasn’t meant to be, as Dock lost to an energetic and athletic Church Farm squad that over the years has proven to have championship pedigree with seven district titles in their history. The new matchup was Church Farm vs DC, and presented our Knights with yet another revenge game, having lost to the Griffins 48-33 in an early-season contest. This time the Knights had the district title on their minds.
The Griffins jumped out of the gate shooting an impressive 10 for thirteen in the first quarter of play. Despite the Griffins’ early success, the Knights battled and kept up with the fast pace of their opponent. With the clock running down, it was too close to call as neither team could gain an edge. The back and forth scoring of both teams continued until the final seconds. Two free throws put DC ahead and forced the Griffins to heave up a deep prayer to potentially win the game. The ball clanked off the rim and the Knights secured the rebound which left the score 54-52 in the Knights’ favor. As the final buzzer sounded, the Knights stormed the court and the celebration began for the back to back district champs.
Although proud of their accomplishment, the team kept focus and got right back to work in preparation for round one of the PIAA State Tournament against opponent Strawberry Mansion. Despite DC’s recent short falls in states, the Knights proved to be contenders by knocking off their opponent 56 to 47. The Knights would then go on to play the Crusaders of Holy Cross in the second round of the 2A bracket. Unfortunately, DC’s run came to an end in a twelve point loss to the disciplined Crusaders. Although disappointed, the Knights future looks bright in the coming years. With a strong feeder program and a significant number of returning players, the team hopes to capitalize on this year’s experience in post season play to come out even stronger in the 2019-2020 season.