2008-12-12 / Sports

SFDS Basketball Continues Winning Ways On The Court

The SFDS Pee Wee Gold boys celebrate their victory over St. Mary Gate of Heaven inlast year's Christmas Tournament championship game. The SFDS Pee Wee Gold boys celebrate their victory over St. Mary Gate of Heaven inlast year's Christmas Tournament championship game. The CYO basketball season continued with a busy weekend for the SFDS teams.

The Boys Sub Novice Blue team played a tough St Stans squad. The team was led on defense by Chris Quagliariello, Lance Cheng and David Gavinovich. Scoring for SFDS was John-John Moran (9 points), Matty Ostrander and Jake Murphy.

The Pee Wee Gold faced a tough and undefeated St. Stans (Ozone Park) team on Saturday. Both teams battled back and forth as neither could sustain a comfortable lead.

SFDS' Kyle Hoffman put the game into overtime with a huge steal off the full court press. St. Stans took a one point lead and with less than one minute to go, Matt Coletta hit the game winning basket.

St. Francis kept the pressure on and did not allow St. Stans to get a last shot. Jack Watt, Teddy Stathis and Mario Cimino each scored key baskets. Dominic Savino and James Carlton held St. Stans' two top scorers to only three points. Matt Meade, Andrew O'Sullivan and James McFadden roundedout St. Francis' well balanced attack for a final score of 12-11.

The Pee Wee Blue beat Gate of Heaven 23 - 14. The scoring was led by Billy McDonnell and Mike Sullivan. Ben Edwards was a strong force on boards on both ends of the court.

The Novice Boys traveled to St. Patrick's of Bay Ridge and won 30 to 12. The Shea Player of the Game was Ryan Moran with 4 points and played some tough defense.

On Sunday, they returned home against Sacred Heart of Glendale and held on to win 20 to 17. The Shea Player of the Game was Ethan Ruiz with tough rebounding and defense as a stand-in center. The Bantams continue to roll, defeating a very good St. Patrick's team, 38-27.

John Whelan was the star of the game as he single handedly broke the St. Pat's press with his ball handling. Whelan assisted in no less than ten scores with his passing and scored 8 points. Charles Gavigan led all scorers with 9 points. Jimmy Howard, strong with his defense and rebounding, also added 4 points.

On Sunday the boys finally succumbed to a talented St. Adalbert team, 46-42 in a hard fought seesaw battle. St. Francis packed the paint on defense to counter St. Adalbert's height advantage and driving ability.

But the St. Adalbert guards shot well from the outside and hit four 3-pointers. It was a case of "Pick your poison." Chris Ray led St. Francis scoring with 12 points and Charles Gavigan had 9 points.

The Rookies beat Our Lady of Guadelupe on Saturday, 41-27. Mike Buckley led with 14 points, Alex Moule added 10 points and Patrick Cashin scored 8. They followed the victory on Sunday with a 37-14 win over St. Stans. Dylan Evans tallied 8 points and Billy Collins and Pat Cashin contributed 7 points each.

The rebounding was controlled by Dennis Barnes and Thomas O'Connor. The great defense was led by Niall Reen along with Thomas Clark, Paul Rayder, Conor McHale, and Liam Gallagher.

The Intermediates overcame a halftime deficit to pull even after three quarters, and then played an inspired fourth quarter to put away St. Pancras. Ricky Comis played his best game of the year and Jimmy Wolfer was playing his usual outstanding presence on the court. Patrick Goldberg spurred the fourth quarter run with pressure defense that produced numerous turnovers.

On the girls' side, the Pee Wee team beat Corpus Christi 20-6. The novice girls defeated St. Margaret on Saturday 19-10. The girls were led by Tess Gallagher's outside play and Jenna McCann inside, each scoring 6 points. Shannon Rochelle and Lauren Guidarelli led the charge off the bench.

The Bantams beat Sacred Heart 19- 15. Leading scorers were Serena Yannello and Mary Ellen Woods with key offensive play by Cassie Moriarity and Kim Sluyk. Strong rebounding by Erin Klein and good defensive play by Emma Knox and Taylor Vegh were key to the win. The Rookie girls had two games this weekend. In the first game, the girls lost to Our Lady of Hope 18- 13 on Saturday. Deidre McCool and Anastasia O'Byrne played hard defensively. On Sunday, they won 29-16 against St. Pancras which was highlighted by Marina Cregan's left arm lay up bucket. Amie Mcmanus made some good baskets and kept the team spirits high by cheering for them.

The St. Francis Christmas Tournament begins on Saturday, December 13 and runs through to Championship Day on Saturday, December 27.

Saturday's schedule begins at 10 a.m. and finishes with last game at 6:00 p.m. Sunday begins at 1:00 p.m. Weeknight games begin at 6:00 p.m.

Initial games for St. Francis Boys teams are as follows; Subnovice Gold will play on December 13 at 1:15 p.m., Subnovice Blue takes the court on December 14 at 2:00 p.m., Pee Wee Gold will play on December 18 at 6:00 p.m. Pee Wee Blue on December 19 at 5:45 p.m. The Novice will start on December 14 at 4:15 p.m.

The Bantam will take place on December 13 at 12:15 p.m.; Rookie will play on December 14 at 5:30 p.m. and the Intermediate starts on December 16 at 7:45 p.m.

Tournament Directors Marty and Keith Andresen say that there will be appearances by the St. Francis Cheerleaders, 50/50 raffles, plenty of refreshments, and Christmas music galore.

The highlight of course will be the outstanding play on the court which hopes to match the excitement produced at last year's tournament. Make the St. Francis Christmas Tournament a part of your holiday plans.

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