Final Championship Matches Set At St. Francis Classic
After a washout on Monday night, the skies cleared and the crowds gathered as two more champions at the St. Francis de Sales Summer Classic were crowned on Tuesday.
BRS and JG Electrical Installations began the night in a battle for the Boys Grammar Senior title. JG had advanced with a 63-62 semifinal win over Denis S. O’Connor, Inc. as Michael Buckley poured in 39 points. Liam Monaghan scored 26 and Billy Collins had 24 for O’Connor. Kevin Crockett scored a team high 19 points, Chris Ray and Alex Claudio had 11 points each as BRS beat J & E Industries 57- 44. Dylan Evans led J & E with 23 points.
BRS ran out to a quick 10-2 lead in the championship game, but JG cut the lead to 12-8 at the quarter. The pattern repeated itself throughout the game until JG took its first lead with just under two minutes remaining in the game on a Michael Buckley bucket. It was a short lived lead, however, as Kevin Crockett countered with some late buckets as BRS held on to win 52-47.
Buckley scored 23 points and Aidan Morgan scored 12 for Rob Cole’s JG squad. Crockett led BRS with 18 points, Ray added 13 and Claudio had 12. The team also got contributions from Austin Sullivan, Shamus Barnes, Tommy Morgan, and Michael Newman, outstanding defense of Greg Delaney and Marc D’Chiutiis and good coaching from Cathy Crockett.
In the Boys High School semifinals, Grayridersband.com knocked out Treiber-Roberts Insurance, 72-58, behind 22 points from Tom Tsatsis. Charlie Marquardt had 20 points and Stephen Kelly scored 18 in defeat. Adam Elfassi scored 15 but it was Matt O’Neill’s clutch scoring in the second half that propelled Dr. Schilling’s PODs past Twomey’s Boys. Billy Hunter had 15 for Twomey’s.
The Boys Grammar senior final took place on Tuesday and the crowd was warmed up and ready for an excellent game. They were not disappointed. The teams battled throughout and veteran coaches Joe Kenel and Jack Gordon matched wits.
After four quarters, the score was tied at 54 and the teams headed for overtime. The chess match continued and the teams were still knotted at 58. Tom Tsatsis then hit a decisive threepointer in the second OT and the Gray Riders went on to win 64-58. Adam Elfassi had 19 points, Matt O’Neill contributed 14, and Vincent Esposito with 14 for Gordon and Schilling’s PODs. Tsatsis finished with a game high 33 points while John Evans and Aaron Real added 10 apiece for the Gray Riders.
Gray Riders coaches Kenel and Brian O’Connor also praised the play of Andrew Petric, James Goldberg, Ryan Kilgallen, Dylan Bergstol, and Kevin Caputo.
The Boys Grammar Middle Championship was rescheduled to Thursday night. In the semifinals, Rockaway Little League eliminated McManus Mechanical as Isaiah Brown scored 16 points. Matt LaSorsa had 16 for Mc- Manus. The Melons followed with a 47- 34 win over Breen Electric as Alex Goldberg tallied 20. Chris Boyhan netted 15 for Breen.
The Men’s Open League completed their regular season and Caiazzo Plumbing went into the playoffs as the top seed with an 8-1 record. Jameson’s (7-2) was second and Quigley Insurance third. Don’t discount past champions Belle Harbor Steakhouse (6-3) or Rock Park All-Stars (3-5) making a run in the playoffs. The quarterfinals were rained out Monday and rescheduled to last Wednesday with the semifinals played on Thursday night. This week’s championship game was not set yet, but will most likely be this Tuesday or Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Jameson’s upset Boardwalk Bagel, and Harbor Light beat Bungalow Bar to set up Wednesday’s Women’s Open B championship. Erin White was too strong and too quick for the Hot Mommas and will face Bayview in the Women’s Open A championship this Wednesday at 8:15 p.m., after Bayview outlasted Rockaway Rotary.
The Girls High School Division reached the midpoint with Cross County Savings Bank undefeated and Animal Hospital of the Rockaways just behind in second place. Ridgewood Savings Bank and Coastal Real Estate were looking to rally this week in the standings with four games on the schedule. The semifinals are scheduled for this Monday with the championship set for Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
The final week is here so come out to the St. Francis Summer Classic (Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard) before the balls get rolled away until next year.