OLD TOWN – 2017 was the last time the Old Town boys basketball team played a tournament game. None of the current team has taken the floor at the Cross Insurance Center for a postseason game, but this season the Coyotes have put themselves in a position to end their drought.
With three games remaining, Old Town is currently in possession of the 12th and final Class B North playoff spot. The Coyotes next test comes Saturday against division leading Caribou, finishing out with road games against John Bapst and Orono.
First year head coach Garrett Libby believes his team comes in to most games against the top teams in B North as an underdog, but says his team thrives on that. “It’s a good position to be in when no one’s expecting you, and I think that’s how the year started for us, a lot of people weren’t expecting us, and I think for their mentality it’s a strong mental aspect to walking in to a game knowing, ‘hey I got no pressure, no expects me to win today,'” said Libby.
For seniors like Bryce Richards who have never played in a tournament game, this stretch is especially important. Richards says he’s watched as friends at other schools have made it to the playoffs. He’s hoping to have his turn for himself, and for the Old Town community. “It would mean the world to me to make it to the tournament this year, I’ve never been in my four years so I think if we’re going to make it, this is the crew to do it with,” said Richards.