Varsity Boys Basketball team traveled to New York City
The GCS Boys Basketball team traveled to New York City on MLK weekend for the 16th Annual Big Apple Shootout. The Dragons were matched up against Long Island’s Lawrence Woodmere Academy and their star player Aidan Igiehon (Louisville commit). The Dragons won the game 44-39. Jordan Brathwaite ’20 was named game MVP, and Ian Swartz ’20 won the Academic Achievement Award.
On Friday night, before their journey, it seemed as though the team’s travel plans were in jeopardy due to the anticipation of snow up north. Fortunately, a change in the weather forecast allowed for safe travel on Amtrak. Despite the cold temperatures, the team was able to visit many sites including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, and Central Park, and enjoyed private tours of Fox News Channel and the headquarters of 21st Century Fox.
This was the first out-of-state trip for Coach Garrett O’Donnell as head coach of the Dragons. “The students were outstanding on the trip,” said Coach O’Donnell. “For some of them, it was their first time in New York City. As a coach, I was hoping we’d play well and come away with a win, but more importantly, I wanted them to have a new and exciting experience. Fortunately, we were able to accomplish both.” Junior Igor Yoka-Bratasz, who is from Poland, was thrilled about the trip. “It was my first time in New York, and I didn’t want to leave. I loved seeing all the shops, but I especially liked seeing the television studio, since I’m interested in directing movies when I am older.”
At 13-6, the Dragons were back in action on Wednesday at John Carrol and will head to Loyola on Friday—two crucial games before the team breaks for exams.