Bullis breezed through its first two conference games with an average margin of victory of 28 points and will head to Alexandria to meet the Maroon (7-6, 0-1 IAC). Malinowski leads the IAC in scoring at 21.8 points per game, and scored 32 points in a two-point loss to the Potomac School Thursday.
“Quite honestly, we are talking to guys about Tuesday when we go to Episcopal,” Kelley said when asked about Saturday’s matchup with the Saints. “In our league, road teams have a hard time and Malinowski is scoring a lot of buckets. Edwin Ebube has played tough as well.”
Known for rebounding and blocking shots, Bullis forward Andre Walker appears to have turned the corner offensively with a January scoring average of 12.8 points per game. He scored a career-high 25 points in a Jan. 10 win over St. Albans and grabbed 18 rebounds.
Kelley said he’s seen a lot of maturity from the 6-foot-10 Hofstra recruit who was forced to sit out a year when he transferred from Clarksburg as a junior.
“He’s growing up and showing leadership skills that he hasn’t displayed before in the huddle and in practice,” Kelley said. “In conversations with me he realizes he has eight regular season games left, and that motivates some for their legacy while other guys get scared and go into a shell.”
In the win over St. Albans, the Bulldogs shot 1 for 16 from three-point range — a dismal showing for a team that averages seven made three-pointers per game. But Walker was able to capitalize on the long rebounds in his career night.
The Bulldogs are 5-0 in 2014 with all wins coming by double-digits, but senior Russell Sangster feels the senior-laden squad can still improve on defense. They have an average margin of victory of 14.7 points and are allowing 49.5 points a game.
“We’re sharing the ball and playing as a team, but we need to pick up our defense a little bit overall.” Sangster, who is receiving interest from Coastal Carolina and Wofford, said.
Expect Bullis (14-3, 2-0) to throw three different guards at Malinowski Tuesday who all are willing and able to get physical on the perimeter.
If the Bulldogs can get past Episcopal, the St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes matchup should be their toughest IAC matchup this season.
“Just thinking about it for brief second, we’re excited,” Sangster said. “Coach has been saying handle Episcopal, so we’re looking forward to that one after the first game this week.”