Boys Varsity Basketball


Dan Geyer

Boys Varsity Basketball is off to a hot start this season, racing to a 8-1 record through the first couple weeks of the season. It started with an 81-23 victory over Hinsdale. Junior guard Adam Enders picked up where he left off last season, scoring 37 points. He backed that up with a 40 point performance in a 65-46 victory over Fillmore in a packed Paul Vienna Gym.

It was an off night shooting-wise for the boys on December 15th, but they were still able to pull out a grueling 44-25 win over Whitesville. Enders netted 25 points. On Monday Night, with his 31 point performance in a 66-37 win over Keshqua, Adam Enders broke a 48 year school record set by John Covell in 1969. Covell graduated with 1,386 points. Kevin McCumiskey added 14 points as well.  Enders entered Wednesday night with 1,404 points as the  boys welcomed the Friendship Golden Eagles into town. Belfast started hot right from the opening tip on an 8-0 run which turned into a 25-3 lead at the end of one quarter. It gave Coach Hennessy the opportunity to let his bench play and get some time on the floor. After closing the gap to 33-16 at the half, the Bulldogs started off slow but found their stride, building the lead up to as much as 32 and ended with a 67-24 victory.  Enders netted 17 points in continuing his hot streak.

On Decmeber 29, the boys traveled to Allegany-Limestone to play Section 6’s Portville Panthers in the Joe DeCerbo tournament (Formally Catt County IAABO) and Adam was hot from the opening tip, netting 28 points in a 65-53 win, and McCumskey netted 13. The win set up perhaps the biggest test of the season the next day. Twenty-four hours later, Belfast matched up with Section 6 Ellicottvile, the #2 team in the Big 30 small school poll and also undefeated at 6-0 for the championship. Belfast got off to a slow start, falling behind 21-8 at the end of the first quarter. The offense exploded in the second quarter, as Belfast dug themselves out of a 13 point hole with some red hot three point shooting, and Belfast went to the locker room up 39-31. The tempo favored Ellicottvile in the second half, as they took the lead late in the third quarter and never looked back as the boys fell 76-61. Adam Enders scored 29 for Belfast, including five of the team’s eleven three point shooters.

After three straight games were postponed due to weather, the Bulldogs got back on track at Scio on Tuesday, December 16th, holding on for a 47-44 victory. Adam Enders netted 17 while Leiseur added 10. On Thursday, the boys completed a season sweep of Fillmore in basketball, winning 66-55. Enders and McCumiskey each netted 20 and Leiseur added 15. Belfast then traveled to Bath Haverling High School on Saturday, taking on Avoca in the rescheduled Dan Barkley Showcase. The game went down to the wire as Belfast fell 67-65 after an Adam Enders game-tying layup rolled out at the buzzer, and he finished the game with a game high 29 points. Belfast now has a week to prepare for its next test: a Friday Night matchup at Andover against the Genesee Valley Jaguars.