2011-04-15 / Sports

BCAC ShamrocksWin Hooperstown Challenge Tournament


The BCAC Shamrocks hold up their trophies. The BCAC Shamrocks hold up their trophies. The BCAC Shamrocks AAU fourth grade basketball team captured their first tournament win this season up in Hooperstown, Mount Vernon. The boys went 4-0 to bring home the well deserved hardware.

In the first round played at Monsignor Scanlan High School in the Bronx, Michael Lynch led all scorers with 26 points. Bryan Bostwick and Connor Bradwisch scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Sunday the boys traveled to Manhattan College and played the Tri-State Cougars in the semi-finals. The Shamrocks won 32-22 with impressive defense by Joey Iannello, Seamus O’Connell, John Conroy, Jimmy Corrigan, John Baroudos and Matthew McCabe. Shawn Cavanagh led all scorers with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Michael Henglein followed with 8 points.

The Shamrocks then faced Fast Break NYC in the finals at Hooperstown in Mount Vernon. “Defense won the game,” coach Billy Hofmann was happy to say. “The boys worked hard on the defensive end and it paid off” stated Hofmann. The Shamrocks won 42-27.

The “big man,” Cavanagh led all scorers with 12 points. Bostwick had 10 points and Kevin Moriarty had 7 points. Cavanagh was Coach Hofmann’s MVP for the tournament. “Shawn played both ends of the floor all four games and was an intimidating factor to us winning this tournament,” Hofmann stated.

Coaches Hofmann, Moriarty and Henglein were also impressed and pleased by how the team responded after getting “smacked” at their previous tournament in Jersey City, N.J. The Shamrocks only walked away with one win and lost both games by 30 point deficits. ”It was a learning experience in Jersey and I am glad the boys bounced back,” Hofmann said.

The Shamrocks are now 5-2 in their first two tournaments. Their next tournament is on Saturday, April 23 in Hauppauge, Long Island.

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