BA boys open season with a rough start


Jack Luensmann

The Devils open their season with an unfortunate 0-2 start.

Jack Luensmann, Staff Writer

The Blue Devil boy’s basketball team did not kick off their season how they wanted to.

This past Monday, the Devils hosted Penns Valley in their season opener. The Rams would go on to win this bout, 50-33. The season began 6 weeks late after it was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Senior Zach Mallon took charge on the court with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block. Junior Connor Gibbons was right with Mallon with 10 points, 1 rebound, and 2 assists.

Junior Zach Braucht for the Rams would contribute 29 points.

Junior Sean Mallon said:

“It was an eye opener for us. This game definitely revealed the areas we need to improve upon and how we can function better as a team. I don’t mind losing, because failure gives you an opportunity to become better because you can see what you did wrong.”

This past Tuesday, the Devils traveled to Northern Bedford to take on the Panthers for a chance of redemption after their opening loss. The Panthers would prevail, 68-39.

“They simply out-hustled us,” said senior Trenton Pelligrino. “They wanted it more, and that’s why they won. But we can’t let these past two games affect our future season, because if it does, we’ll be going downhill fast.”

Junior Sean Mallon was the high scorer of the game with 11 points, and also contributed 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Senior Thad Leidy and Caleb Diehl had a combined 36 points for the panthers

Senior Zach Miller, who is on the Covid reserve list, unfortunately did not participate in these two games, and will have to sit out the next before he can return.

“It’s really tough to watch your team lose when you can’t do anything about it,” said Miller. “I’m very eager to set foot on the court and help out my team.”

The boys will host the Mount Union Trojans tomorrow.