Shamrocks’ National AAU Tournament Dreams Denied
The BCAC Shamrocks fourth grade AAU basketball team traveled to Mineola to qualify for the national championships in Virginia. In the first game of the tournament, the Shamrocks faced a quick and disciplined Long Island Lightning team. With 22 seconds left, the Shamrocks trailed 24-21 until Kevin Moriarty drilled a 3-point bomb from downtown to tie the game at 24 apiece. The Lightning ran the clock down and hit a big shot with two seconds left in regulation to win the contest 26-24. Moriarty led all scorers for the Shamrocks with 7 points. Michael Lynch had 6 points and Bryan Bostwick had 4.
The Shamrocks came out flat and trailed most of their next round game by double digits. Coach Billy Hofmann’s team put together an incredible comeback with three minutes remaining as Joey Iannello hit a big basket to force overtime. At the end of overtime, Moriarty gave the Shamrocks one last chance to tie the game, but his shot fell short from half court and the Shamrocks lost 26-23. Cavanagh led with 6 points and 4 blocks. Moriarty and Henglein had 5 and 4 points, respectively.
In the final match-up, the Shamrocks (0-2) lost 24- 17 to the Rye Rockets team at Island Garden. O’Connell and Moriarty had 6 points. The Shamrocks record is now 7-8 in AAU tournaments and their next appearance will be on June 4 and 5 in Brewster, New York.