By Stephen Barston
Backed by hundreds of Darien High School students in the stands, the Blue Wave Boys Basketball team was keen on proving that it can beat the best of the FCIAC, in the form of the visiting Stamford High School squad. However, on Friday, January 30, the Black Knights were too much to handle for the young Blue Wave team. Darien ultimately lost by a score of 68-37, and the team now stands at 3-10 overall.
This game, dubbed the “Silent Night” game by senior superfans George Reed and Patrick Winter, featured the largest student section of the season so far. In an effort to increase support for the often-underappreciated team and to put the rowdiness that the Blue Wave bomb squad is known for on display for Dave Ruden, this massive group of DHS students remained silent until the Blue Wave scored the 7th point of the night, a free throw by sophomore Jackson Ryan. At this point, these students, dressed in outrageous costumes, broke the silence and entered into a state of pure hysteria.
Unfortunately, the passionate encouragement provided by the fans was not enough to rattle the opposing Black Knights. Shot after shot fell for Stamford, and Darien—flustered by the full-court press run by opposing coach Jim Moriarty—could not match the pace. As the game wore on, sophomores Carter Scott, Alex Preston, and Andrew Steuber began to find their collective groove, making shots and drawing fouls down the stretch, but this was ultimately not enough. This loss is the fourth in a row for the Blue Wave, but the members of the team are not discouraged.
“We lacked energy and have fallen into a four-game slump. We have two winnable games next week [against Trumbull and Greenwich], so we have to fight back,” junior forward Charlie Dean said.
Come see the Blue Wave in action, as DHS, trying to snap the losing streak, takes on Trumbull at home on Tuesday, February 3 at 7 PM.
|DHS students pour in to fill the already-packed stands before Friday night's game.|