SFDS CYO Basketball Gets Busy For Boys and Girls
The CYO basketball season is in full swing now. The Boys Subnovice Blue have been road warriors so far with games at Our Lady of Hope, St. Stans, St. Adalbert and Our Lady of Grace.
The team has played well with strong contributions from Joe O'Connor, Griffin Skammel, Tommy Woods, Matty Ostrander, Robbie Rose, John-John Moran, Timmy Connolly, Riley Siederman and Michael Edwards. The Subnovice Gold has been busy as well. Joe Allesandro, Kenny Dean, Chris DeMarco, Aidan Donohue, Liam Howley and TJ Powerly all scored against St. Thomas Apostle.
Brendan Vasquez excelled against St. Stans with Aidan Donohue providing the late heroics. David Hanrahan pushed the ball up the court and the defense was led by Al Catanese, Ryan Duffy, Sean O'Connor and Robert McManus. Jack Bambury keyed the offense against Our Lady of Hope along with strong rebounding by Trevor Foti and Adam DeSilva. The Pee Wee Gold won twice with excellent outside shooting, quick drives to the basket, and pressure defense that forged the win over St. Rose. Teddy Stathis tallied 12 points with Dominic Savino and Matt Colletta chipping in. James Carlton, Jack Watt, Mat Meade, Kyle Hoffman and Mario Cimino led a balanced attack for a win over St. Raphael.
The Pee Wee Blue played the thriller of the weekend with an 18-16 double overtime win over Our Lady of Mercy. Clutch free throw shooting by Michael Sullivan and Peter Tuffey tied the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime. John Machado kept St. Francis in the game by forcing several turnovers. Trailing by a point with 6 seconds remaining in the second overtime, Sullivan delivered a perfect inbounds pass to Matt Schonfeld, who scored the game winning basket despite being fouled, and completed the 3-point play by converting his free throw.
In earlier games, a second half rally against Our Lady of Grace fell short in a 16-11 loss. Dylan Carey scored 6 points and the defense of Chris Moore and Luke Erhard sparked the comeback. Jimmy Lunny and Ben Edwards led an easy win over Sacred Heart
The Novice boys have run out to a 7-0 start with a different Shea Player of the Game in every contest. Matt Erhard was first to take the honors against Our Lady of Hope. Matt DeCrescenzo was next in their closest contest to date, a 17-14 win over St. Stans. James McElhatton paced the win over Holy Child with 8 points. Kyle Connolly scored 12 as St. Francis overcame an early 19-4 deficit to outscore St. Adalbert 45-42. Brian Ostrander led the first win over Our Lady of the Angelus while Johnny O'Connor led the return matchup. Alex Goldberg scored 8 in their most recent win, 28-16 over rival Gate of Heaven.
The Bantams had a tough matchup with Sacred Heart but the defense and rebounding of Ray Marten and Chris Ray countered the Sacred Heart size advantage. John Whelan orchestrated the offense. Bard Featherston scored 12 and Charles Gavigan had 10 as St. Francis won 38-32.
Chris Ray and Kevin McDonagh dropped in 12 points each and Thomas Baldrian's defense shut down the star of St. Pancras in a 48-26 win. John Whelan led the fast break parade in a 30-21 win over Blessed Trinity on Saturday.
Michael Buckley scored 15 and Dennis Barnes 11 in a 49-36 win for the Rookies over Gate of Heaven. Patrick Cashin scored 9, Billy Collins (8), and Paul Rayder, Dylan Evans and Thomas Clark had 4 points each as the Rookies beat Blessed Trinity 49-31.
The Intermediates won reasy games over St. Margaret and Holy Family. On the Girls side, the Subnovice Gold played St. Pancras. Sydney O'Brien and Ashley Kelly played unbelievable defense. Sinead Gallagher scored on passes from Rebecca Boland and Hannah Nicholson. Katie Marquardt and Maddie McDade scored on free throws. Courtney McCool scored 8 points and Devin Gavigan, Lauren Marten, Keira Walsh, Molly Breslin and Megan Twomey stoked the offense. The defense of Mollie Kuhlmann, Meghan Gigliello and Kaitlin Neiswenter limited Blessed Trinity to one point in the second half as St. Francis won 14-8. St. Francis was down 4 points at the half against St. Mary Winfield but came back to win 14-8. The Novice girls beat St. Adalbert as Kathryn Gibson poured in 10 points and Therese Gallagher and Lauren Guidarelli had 6 each. Jackie Gallagher, Emily Carlton and Julianna DeSilvia provided strong play off the bench.
The Bantam and Rookies both won thrillers. Down 5 points in the fourth quarter, St. Francis scored the last 6 points of the game to beat Gate of Heaven 18- 17. The game winning play began with a steal by Erin Klein, who passed to Serena Yanello and fed Courtney Blum for the game winning basket at the buzzer. Cassie Moriarty, Kim Sluyk, Kerri Brennan and Mary Ellen Woods also excelled.
Daisy Trusttum hit the game winning free throw for the Rookies as they edged St. Margaret 21-20. Shannon Twomey and Casey McDade keyed the defense and Kristie Carey and Meaghan King made their layups. The Intermediates beat St. Adalbert and Sacred Heart. Taylor Butigian was dominant on the boards and an offensive force with 24 points. Marissa Scotto, Lynn Rayder, Regina Paskoff and Kristen Henschel excelled.
There is a very full slate at the St. Francis gym this weekend including crossovers with Brooklyn teams on tap. Saturday's slate starts at 12 with the last game at 7 (Informal Coaches Meeting at Jameson's afterwards). Sunday begins at 1 with last game at 6.
The gym will then be turned over to the St. Francis Christmas Tournament beginning on Saturday, December 13. The tournament, with 36 of the best CYo teams from the five boroughs and Long Island, under the direction of Marty and Keith Andresen, will run straight through until championship Saturday on December 27 with a break from December 23 to December 25. It is always a highlight of the CYO calendar, so make your plans now. See you at SFDS.