SFDS Celebrates Two CYO Championships
It was a day of celebration at Our Lady of Hope on Sunday as St. Francis de Sales garnered two CYO Basketball Championship victories.
The day began with SFDS 'B' taking the PeeWee crown over St. Stans of Maspeth. St. Francis held a small lead going into the final period but their suffocating defense snuffed out any hope for St. Stans who did not score again until the final minute when the game was out of reach.
Concurrently, Michael Buckley went on a scoring binge that was unprecedented in PeeWee annals, pouring in 31 points on a variety of drives, jump shots and free throws. Patrick Cashin added 8 points playing Scottie Pippen to Buckley's Michael Jordan. However, all contributed greatly to the team's success that day and all season. Sunday's game was set up by Saturday's semi-final win over Gate of Heaven as Ryan Schonfeld led all scorers with 14, Buckley 11 and Cashin 7.
The PeeWee B's are coached by Doug Schonfeld and Charlie Buckley and the championship players are Michael Buckley, Patrick Cashin, Ryan Schonfeld, Alex Moule, Owen McVeigh, Eamonn Gavigan, Donovan Nelsen, Jake Erhard, Paul Rayder, Nick Tsatsis, Liam Lachner, and Phil Ferrandino.
The Novice championship followed and once again, St. Francis was triumphant, coming from behind to outlast St. Helen 40-34 on the strength of a 22-9 surge in the final period. Jack Hurley led with 18 points but perhaps no shots were bigger than Ryan Kilgallen's two three-pointers.
Kilgallen finished with eight with the rest of the team accounting for the balance. Jimmy Wolfer's defense was instrumental in shutting down St. Helen's. In Saturday's semi-finals, Charlie Marquardt led a very balanced effort, but again, defense was the key with Patrick Goldberg 'stealing' the spotlight. Marty and Keith Andresen's boys now play St. Thomas Aquinas for the Brooklyn-Queens Championship at 1:00 on Sunday at McClancy, and then face St. Helen one more time in the championship of the Gate of Heaven tournament, Monday night at 6:30.
The Intermediates almost forced a St. Francis tripleheader at Hope, but came up just short as their game tying three point attempt missed at the buzzer against St. Gabriel. It was a great run as they finished their CYO careers. Coaches Jim Dunn and Gerry Scanell are proud of the entire team. We will detail their high school plans in a future article.