Blind Brook Men’s Varsity Basketball Starts Off Strong Despite Covid Setbacks

As fall sports have come to an end and winter is now upon us, the Blind Brook Men’s Basketball season has officially begun. Blind Brook 2021-2022 team has 15 total players and 9 of them are seniors playing their last basketball season at Blind Brook. When asked how the team felt heading into the season, Senior Captain Jack Kohn stated “Heading into the season all of us were really excited to be back playing as a team again in front of our fans. We all are extremely motivated to have a great season, especially us seniors who really want to have a great last season”.

Blind Brook tipped off for the first time this season on December 8th at Children’s Village. The team started off the season with a dominant 72-33 win with captains Jack Kohn, Keith Koningsberg and Jack Miller leading the way in scoring. Kohn finished with 18, Konigsberg with 11 and Miller with 10.  

About a week later on December 14th, Blind Brook faced Putnam Valley in their home opener. The home opener was a special game because it was the first time in over a year that the team was playing in front of a full set of home fans. The Trojans were able to pull off a 58-49 victory with the home crowd there to cheer them on. Miller led the way with 14 points and Sophomore Eli Zimmerman followed with 13. 

Over the next two games, Blind Brook was able to stay red hot with commanding wins on the road over Tuckahoe and Sleepy Hollow. The final score against Tuckahoe on December 16th was 60-38 and Konigsberg was the leading scorer with 15 points. The following day, the final score against Sleepy Hollow was 48-20 and Eli Zimmerman led the way with 13, all in the second half. At this point, the team was 4-0 to start the season with 3 wins on the road. 

The boys then took on a tough and physical Bronxville team on December 20th. The final score was a loss, 59-56, and Jack Kohn led the Trojans with 21 on seven three pointers. Blind Brook was disappointed to end their win streak, but bounced back with wins the following week.

Over Blind Brook’s Winter Recess, the Basketball Team stayed busy practicing and preparing for the Weston, Connecticut Holiday Tourney. However, over the break, Blind Brook was very short on players. 7 players entered Covid Protocols and 1 player was injured, leaving the team with only 8 healthy players eligible to participate in the Holiday Tournament. Despite being short-handed, Blind Brook managed to pull off two wins and take home the Weston Holiday Tournament Title. In the first tournament game, Blind Brook picked up a 59-29 win over New Fairfield and senior Hunter Zuckerman led the way with a career-high 14 points. In the final game, Blind Brook defeated Weston and Eli Zimmerman led the charge. Zimmerman won all Tournament MVP while Kohn made the All Tournament Team. 

On January 6th Blind Brook moved to 7-1 after a 55-26 victory over the Leffell School. When asked about how it feels to start out 7-1, Senior Captain Jack Miller said “It feels awesome to be 7-1, but we have a long season ahead of us and the schedule only gets harder from here so we need to stay motivated and ready”. 

On January 11th the Trojans played in a game against Briarcliff, a game that was expected to be challenging. The boys left it all out on the court yet were unable to pick up a win. The final score was 54-36 with Konigsberg and Zimmerman scoring 9 points each. 

Blind Brook’s regular season continues until February 11th and they still have many games to play, with Homecoming expected to be played on January 21st against Pleasantville. Starting off with a strong 7-2 record is a great accomplishment for the entire team but there are still many games to play and the team is not yet satisfied. The Varsity Boys Basketball Team has had a phenomenal start, it will be interesting to see how the season progresses.