Coastal Wins Championship Thriller At SFDS Classic
An overflow crowd of nearly 1,000 spectators witnessed a tremendous championship game in the Boys High School Division at the St. Francis Summer Classic on Wednesday night.
Bobby Bruns scored 10 points as the Graybeards took a 13-10 lead after one quarter. The teams continued to battle and despite 10 more points from Bruns in the second quarter; Coastal Real Estate took a 30-29 halftime lead behind 8 points each from Eddie Sullivan, Patrick O'Grady, and Michael Esposito.
The lead changed hands again in the third quarter as Bruns and John Evans hit back to back three pointers, and helped the Graybeards enter the final period with a 47-44 lead.
Coastal stepped up its defensive pressure with O'Grady shadowing Bruns. It worked as Coastal took a 4-point lead into the final minute. Kevin McCabe led a final push as the Graybeards would tie the game at 59 at the end of regulation.
Missed free throws would prove costly in overtime for the Graybeards. When Bruns and Brendan Murphy fouled out for the Graybeards, which gave the green light for Coastal Real Estate to lock up the win and claim the championship, 66-63. Bobby Bruns finished with 34 points for the Graybeards. John Evans and Kevin McCabe added 10 points each. Eddie Sullivan paced Coastal with 21 points. Patrick O'Grady tallied 14, Michael Esposito scored 13, and Mark Caputo added 9 critical points. The champions were coached by Richie George. Players also on the roster who contributed to the victory included Thomas Ryan, John Ameruso, Matt Ferro, Corey Schreiner, and Patrick Coleman.
In the opening game of championship Wednesday, Ray Marten put it all together by scoring 28 points as the Melons held off a charge by Rockaway Little League to capture the Boys Grammar Middle title 51-46.
Little League tied the game at 40 late in the game, but top gun Bard Featherston fouled out shortly after. The team continued to battle with Matt Regan and Austin Sullivan hitting some big baskets.
Point guard Alex Goldberg orchestrated the attack as Joe Moran added 15 points for the Melons and Chris DeMatteis scored 10. Eion Reen, Colin Armstrong, Jack Carter, Blaze McDonald-Smith, and Ryan Olsen completed the squad, coached by Brian Bagley and Ray Marten, Sr.
Regan finished with 18 points, Featherston added 11, and Sullivan chipped in with 8.
Tuesday's championships began with T. Moriarty & Son edging ATP Insurance, 20-18, to win the Girls Grammar Senior Division Championship. Regina Paskoff and Mary Ellen Woods were outstanding in defeat for ATP.
Amelia Quarto, Taylor Gallagher, Daisy Trusttum, Emma Michaels, and Shannon Twomey led the scoring for Moriarty. Emily Dana, Cassie Moriarty, Ann Ryan, Renee Simos, Samantha Swan, Lauren Towey completed the Moriarty team, who are coached by Molly McNulty and Allison Dunn.
In the nitecap, Plum Tomatoes took a 20-15 lead at the half and blitzed to a 38-21 bulge after three quarters as B R S had no answer for Brendan McCabe.
Just when all appeared lost, B R S went on a tear of its own and cut the lead to three points with a minute remaining. However, Plum Tomatoes were able to close it out and became the Boys Grammar Senior champions for 2009.
Matt Crockett had 26, Kevin Crockett 9, and Dennis Barnes 7 for B R S. Brendan McCabe led Plum Tomatoes with 28 points and Liam Monaghan added 14. Terrence McCarthy, Tyquan Murray, Brian Donohue, Tristan Nevirs, Alex Claudio, James Leonard, and Sean Leonard all contributed for Coach Brian Raphael's team.
The Mens Open League playoffs began last Thursday night with the semifinals scheduled for this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The championship will be held on Thursday August 13 at 7:00 p.m.
In the St. Francis de Sales gymnasium, the Women's Open B Division continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the Girls High School Division taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The summer isn't over quite yet and neither is the St. Francis Summer Classic. Come on out. We'll see you there.