2003-01-11 / Sports

Esposito Wins OT Thriller At Christmas Tournament

Esposito Wins OT Thriller At Christmas Tournament

Dr. Esposito celebrates after their 4 OT win against St. Thomas Aquinas in the Christmas Tournament.Dr. Esposito celebrates after their 4 OT win against St. Thomas Aquinas in the Christmas Tournament.

Dr. Esposito’s third grade basketball team beat St. Thomas Aquinas in quadruple overtime in one of the most exciting basketball games ever at the St. Francis de Sales Christmas Tournament. Dr. Esposito has been coaching the kids at this level for the past 4 years and finds these kids to be very talented.

The gym was filled to the rim with people because of all the overtimes, which added more and more spectators, players and families. This was a game that all the boys will remember. With every rebound and shot, the crowd went crazy. It sounded and felt like Madison Square Garden.

Each player on this team played their hearts out. Matt Allessandro played very aggressive ball control and helping his team with shooting and rebounding. Joe Barna took some great shots, played and excellent defense and made key rebounds. Liam Winters made a basket that kept his team alive with just seconds on the clock and playing outstanding offense and defense. Kevin Ellis made key baskets keeping the team alive and giving it his all.

Christopher Giglello came through with his aggressive defense, steals at key times, and put pressure on offensive rebounds. Justin Esposito made some key rebounds and shut down the middle every time St. Thomas Aquinas tried to go in for a layup. John McCormack John Maranga played great ball control and aggressive defense that helped keep the team in the game, and made some important baskets.

Patrick (PJ) Keane played tremendous defense to create turnovers and put pressure on St. Thomas Aquinas. Austin Slosberg made a key rebound at a key time to save his team. He played with all heart. Chris Tsatsis put out 150%. He scored key baskets and played outstanding defense. He got hurt twice but managed to get back in the fight and played with his heart. Let’s not forget to congratulate St. Thomas Aquinas. It was a nail biter for them as well and they were a very strong and aggressive team.

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