By Anthony Dabbundo
It seemed as though Germantown Academy’s run of four straight Inter-Ac titles was coming to an end when the Patriots were trailing by 19 midway through the second quarter against Malvern Prep back on January 20.
After winning the league title each of their first three seasons at GA, that’s not how this group of seniors — led by Kyle McCloskey and Evan-Eric Longino — wanted to go out.
The Patriots battled back to win that game and the next four — none more important than Friday night, when they overcame an early first-quarter deficit to defeat Episcopal Academy 54-50.
“We just wanted to come out and give ourselves a shot to stay in this race,” Patriots’ head coach Jim Fenerty said.
Germantown Academy (18-6, 7-2) now finds itself sitting tied with Episcopal (14-10, 7-2) at the top of the Inter-Ac standings. With the two teams having split their two regular season meetings, they will share the league title if both teams win Tuesday night in the league finale.
Just a few short weeks ago, it seemed as though the Patriots were out of it.
“We were staring down the barrel at our hopes to win the Inter-Ac,” McCloskey said. “We knew every single game after that was a must-win if we wanted to win the Inter-Ac.”