Playoffs Heat Up At St. Francis Classic
The playoffs have begun and the action has heated up in the 25th annual St. Francis Summer Classic. The first two champions were crowned as the Graybeard Divisions completed their basketball campaigns.
The Legends were first up, and the heavily favored Green team beat the White team, 68-55. Dan Leary posted 23 points and sidekick Kevin Boyle added 9. But it was team coach Ed Cashen, who provided the difference with 16 points to put Green over the top. Dan Conlon had 29 points and Peter Brady scored 13 for the White team.
The Young Guns followed and youth would rule the day. Kevin Murphy showed why he is the toughest player in the league. He scored 18 points as the Red team, who finished last in the regular season, cruised to a 64-49 win over Green.
Pat Conroy tossed in 11 points over a crucial stretch from the second through the third quarters as the Red team took control of the game. Tom Last added 10. The Green team was led by 17 points from Rick Ferro and John Ronayne added 13 in defeat.
In the Girls Grammar Senior Division quarterfinals, Kaelin Rivera scored 10 points as the Betty Boops upset Walter Blum's Giants. T Moriarty & Son defeated Carvel with the help of 14 points from Daisy Trusttum and 13 from Taylor Gallagher. Results of the semifinals will be printed next week.
The Boys Grammar Middle Division began last Tuesday with Rockaway Little League knocking out the Brooklyn Hurricanes. Bard Featherston had 19 points for the Little League and John Whelan scored 14 for the Hurricanes. Alex Goldberg netted 16 as The Melons overcame a slow start to beat Station Liquors. Aidan Morgan scored 14 for the Station.
The Boys Grammar Senior playoffs have been extremely exciting. Brendan McCabe led Plum Tomatoes to a quarterfinal win over the Cougars, who hung tough despite the best efforts of Jack Hurley and Brian Carley.
CJ Cooke hit a buzzer beating shot to give Belle Harbor Breezy Point Physical Therapy the win over Walsh Properties. Last Tuesday, the game winning scenario was repeated as Jimmy Wolfer led Grayridersband. com to a victory over a well balanced squad for Treiber Roberts.
In the semi-finals, the Grayriders could not overcome the loss of Ryan Kilgallen due to illness as Plum Tomatoes advanced to the finals with a 65-52 win. Brendan McCabe tallied 32 points for Plum Tomatoes. Jimmy Wolfer had 25 for the Grayriders.
The other semifinal was a barn burner with BRS outgunning BH BP PT, 88-70. Matt Crockett tossed in 42 points and his brother Kevin had 28 to overmatch Charlie Marquardt and CJ Cooke, who each had 24 points for BH BP PT.
The Boys High School playoffs have also been captivating. Rockaway Rotary eliminated Denis O'Connor in the play-in game. Tom Tsatsis led the way as Rockaway Rotary then knocked out top seed Breen Electric in the quarterfinals in a low scoring affair. The Graybeards pulled away at the end of a very close game to beat Dr. Schilling's POD's.
Seaway Marina overcame 26 points from Sean Carley of the Seawolves to win 44-40 last Tuesday, Eddie Sullivan and Patrick O'Grady teamed up to lead Coastal Real Estate over Breezy Point Lumber. Matt Knott scored 27 for Breezy Lumber. Wednesday's first semi-final was moved into the gym early in the fourth quarter when the rain came down. This played into the strength of the Graybeards as Bobby Bruns scored 16 of his game high 35 points as they held off Rockaway Rotary, 67-58. Tom Tsatsis poured in 40 points in defeat.
The Women's Open A semifinals were scheduled for last Thursday night. Next week's schedule has Seaway Marina and Coastal Real Estate battling in one of the Boys High School semifinals on Monday at 7:00 p.m. The Boys Grammar Middle semifinals will also be played.
The Girls Grammar Senior Division championship will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Boys Grammar Senior Division championship will follow at 8:15 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Boys Grammar Middle Division championship starts at 7 p.m. and the Boys High School Division begins at 8:15 p.m. The Men's Open playoffs begin on Thursday.