Wolfe, who is committed to play at Loyola (Md.), is averaging 13.1 points to pace three double-digit scorers in Alex Fabean-Scotch (11.9) and Brandon Green (10.2). Wolfe has been especially impressive in IAC play, recording 19 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks in the opener against St. Albans before going for 23 points and 12 boards in a win against St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes.
“We just have to make sure we have each other’s back every time we step on the floor,” Wolfe said. “Every game won’t be great, but if we work on finishing games strong and keep our chemistry going, we can continue to do well.”
Lions bulk up in PVAC
When David McCloud entered Jewish Day’s new weight room on the first day of preseason training, he couldn’t believe his eyes. All fifteen players on both the varsity and JV teams were present and ready to put in the work necessary to improve on last year’s 12-10 campaign.
“We had a terrible playoff loss last year, so I think the kids came back determined and it showed on that first day,” said McCloud, who is in his second year as coach. “We’re not the biggest team but I don’t think there’s anybody who outworks us.”
The Lions have proven this much during their 9-2 start, knocking off the league’s last two champions in Covenant Life and Grace Brethren-Clinton. At 9-1, the Lions sit in first in the PVAC and have already avenged their lone loss to McLean School, a game in which they were without Danny Kravitz, their second-leading scorer. The junior guard returned in the Jan. 3 rematch to score a game-high 21 points with five three-pointers during the 65-55 win.
“We came in with the goal of being the best in our conference,” Kravitz said, “and with us being in our second year under Coach (McCloud), we know who we are and can push ourselves to the point we’re at now.”
McCloud said the Lions run a five-out motion offense similar to West Virginia’s, which looks to create open shots off screens and backdoor cuts. What the Lions lack in size, they make up for with sharpshooting and a high basketball IQ that allows them to quickly switch in and out of defensive sets and disrupt the opponent.
Ethan Walfish has flourished in this system. The junior guard is averaging a team-high 18.5 points and has twice pulled down 10 rebounds in a game.
“Ethan is such a great scorer and really takes some pressure off me so I can do a little bit of everything,” Kravitz said. “It’s clear that we’re not as good when he’s not on the court.”