2005-12-16 / Sports

SFDS Christmas Basketball Tournament Starts This Weekend

With the St. Francis Christmas Tournament taking over the gym next weekend, the past weekend was a final opportunity for many teams to play in front of the home crowd in 2005. The girls Subnovice B’s did not waste the opportunity with two games at the SFDS gym. Saturday’s game against Resurrection/Ascension featured their highest offensive output of the season with Emma Michaels scoring 5, Emma Knox 4 and Serena Yanello, Taylor Vegh, and Kayla Kilgallen 2 each.

They should have saved some of the firepower for Sunday as only Kilgallen tallied against an aggressive St. Thomas More defense that effectively shut down the SFDS offense. Kimberly Sluyk was a bright spot on defense with several steals. The PeeWee B’s also faced off against their classmates from St. Thomas More, and after a few giggles and lots of high fives, prevailed 10-5. Meaghan King scored 4 with Caitlin Byrne, Daisy Trusttum, and Anastasia O’Byrne completing the stat sheet.

The Novice girls earned a split winning an ugly defensive struggle with Our Lady of Hope on Saturday, before falling to St. Stan on Sunday despite Taylor Butigan’s 16 points. The Bantams remained undefeated thanks to a strong defensive effort by the entire team. Ashley Raaf and Casey Collins provided the necessary scoring as they beat Our Lady of Grace 14-6.

The Rookies tried to avenge an earlier loss to Sacred Heart but came up short 42-32. Danielle Farragher continues to set the defensive standard, while Annette Scotto, Rebecca Moers, and Taylor Conroy led the scoring.

Jake Hollander, Tommy Morgan, Charles Gavigan, and Kevin McDonagh provided the scoring as the Subnovice Boys faced off with St. Thomas More. Max Frankel, Garrett Murnan, Jimmy Howard, and Conor Ryan excelled on defense. The PeeWee A’s cruised past Nativity 27-8 as Dylan Evans scored 8, Chris Foti 6, and Thomas Clark 4.

The PeeWee B’s were caught off guard and quickly fell behind Gate of Heaven 9-2, before righting the ship and gaining a 23-15 victory. Michael Buckley and Peter Cashin tossed in 8 each, while Owen McVeigh added 4 and Ryan Schonfeld 2.

The Novice boys encountered a lot of resistance from Our Lady of Grace before pulling away in the 4th quarter to remain undefeated. Eugene Boggiano scored 10 to lead the Bantams past Nativity 21-10. Danny Donahue, Ryan Meade, Conor Gallagher, Jonathan Maranga, and Patrick Kilgallen rounded out the scoring. The Rookies finally came out of the gate ready to play. Staked to an early lead, they won convincingly against Gate of Heaven. The Intermediates also stayed unbeaten, holding off St. Thomas More 37-26. Sean Towey played the high post to perfection scoring 11. Vincent Esposito added 9, Tom Tsatsis 6, and John Duggan 5.

The Christmas Tournament begins Friday, December 16. Games begin at 5:30 that night and all weeknights next week. This Saturday has a full slate of 10 games beginning at 9:30. If that isn’t enough for you, come back for 7 more on Sunday beginning at noon.

The Christmas Tournament, under the direction of Marty Andresen, features the best boys CYO team in the Subnovice, PeeWee, Novice, Bantam, Rookie, and Intemediate divisions. Teams come from Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, and Long Island.

The tournament runs through the holiday season with championship games on Thursday December 29 and Friday December 30. Come by and enjoy the action.

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