The boys’ basketball team has been a force on the local and state level in recent years. The Knights have won the past four Somerset County and divisional titles and last season they finished ranked fifth in the state.
However, Gill has fallen just a bit short of reaching its ultimate goal: winning a state championship. In fact, the only year that the Knights have won a sectional title in program history was during the 2011-2012 season.
Head coach Mergin Sina, however, believes that can change this season.
“We have some great new additions while returning some key players,” he said. “We are a lot taller and that size is really going to help us as we head deeper into the state tournament. There is no reason why we should not get to that title game as long as we put the work in.”
Reaching the Non-Public B state title match will be no easy feat. At any given time, eight to nine schools from this grouping can expect to be ranked in the Top-20 in New Jersey. For the Knights to make that next step, they are going to rely on multiple players for a big season.
Leading the way for Gill will be senior Paul Mulcahy. The returning all-state selection and Rutgers commit can do it all on the court and is regarded as one of the top guards in New Jersey.
Also expected to have big years will be juniors Will Soucie and Zach Martini along with senior Connor Murphy.
So far the Knights have lived up to their Top-3 ranking in the stateas they handled Hillsborough 86-43 in the first game of the season and won their second game against St. Joseph’s Montvale by a score of 71-49.
“We really have the personnel to contend for that title this year,” said Sina. “It would be great to earn that and would be great for Gill and the entire school community so we will definitely do our best to make that happen.”
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.