2006-12-22 / Sports

Deck The Halls With Basketballs At St. Francis Classic

The St. Francis de Sales CYO basketball teams hit the road for the final games before the break as the 22 nd Annual Christmas Tournament began at SFDS gym. The girls Pee Wee B beat Our Lady of Hope as Cassie Moriarty scored the first basket and Emma Knox led all scorers. They had a tougher time in the St. Adalbert’s Tournament falling to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 12-9. Jenna Tipaldo led the scoring while Emma Michaels anchored the defense.

The Novice girls suffered their first defeat at the hands of Gate of Heaven 19-18. In a classic matchup of speed vs. height, the roadrunners of SFDS could not quite overcome their bigger opponents. Daisy Trusttum, Casey McDade, and Therese Boyle excelled in defeat. Lynn Rayder scored 8 and Regina Paskoff 6 as the Bantams won easily at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. The Intermediates lost another close one, this time 32-30 at Our Lady of Hope despite a strong effort by the entire team.

The Boys Subnovice A traveled to St. Thomas More the day after facing off with them in the Christmas Tournament. John Boyle poured in 8, many off feeds from Alex Goldberg who also scored 4. Mark Butigian added 4 as well. The Pee Wee A’s beat St. Rose as Jimmy Howard and Michael Newman led the offense and Ray Marten and Garrett Murnan keyed the defense.

The Pee Wee B’s, also known as The Cardiac Kids, went to double overtime before outlasting St. Pancras. Joe Brown, Bard Featherston, Jordan Asbury, Anthony Scotto, and John Whelan led the win. The Bantams took a sloppy win at St. Camillus as Jack Hurley scored 9 and Sean Morgan 4. Connor Rayder topped all rebounders. Outside shooting from Ryan McDade and Kevin Magee and some clever interior passing provided the spark.

The Christmas Tournament is in full swing now. Games on Saturday begin at 10:00 and continue through the day with the last start at 6:00. The tournament then resumes on Tuesday with 4 games each night beginning at 5:45. The championship schedule on Saturday December 30 is as follows: 11:00-Subnovice, 12:15- Pee Wee, 1:30-Novice, 2:45-SFDS Awards, 3:15- Bantam, 4:30- Rookie and 5:45-Intermediate.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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