SFDS Classic Presents Exciting Playoff Basketball
It was a classic night on Monday for the start of the Boys High School, Grammar Senior and Grammar Middle playoffs. The Boys High School division has been a paragon of balance with close games all during the season, and that could not be more clearly demonstrated than with Monday night’s quarterfinals.
Top seeded JG Electrical Installations (7-1) took on eighth seeded Breen Electric (2-6) in the opening game and the current flowed throughout with JG maintaining a slim lead.
Matt Crockett poured in 27 before fouling out but Breen did not fold its tent.
Breen hung tough and went to the free throw line down by two with 4 seconds left. When the first missed, the only chance was to miss the second and put back the rebound but JG secured the ball and the win, 53-51 as Michael Buckley dropped 19 points for JG Electric, including 5 treys.
This proved merely to be an appetizer for the game to follow between #2 seed Schilling’s PODs (6-2) and #7 seed Grayriders (2-6). Both teams had strong contingents of seniors on their last run before heading to college, with many battles dating back to grammar school in their rearview mirrors. Stephen Kelly and Pat O’Grady tangled in the post, both ultimately fouling out. John Evans and Mark Holstrom went at it on the perimeter as did relative youngsters Connor Gallagher and Brendan McCabe.
The game went to a second overtime session where Evans scored five to give the Grayriders a 51-49 victory. Gallagher added 17 points, while McCabe had 15 points and Holstrom added 13 for Schilling.
Meanwhile on adjoining Court 3, another fantastic finish was going down in the Boys Grammar Middle quarterfinals.
Rockaway Little League (3-5) was down to its final possession, down by two. Curran’s Superior Meats (5-3) fouled Isaiah Brown, putting him on the line for 1 and 1. He made both and the game appeared headed for overtime but then he stole the inbounds and put up a shot at the buzzer that went through the net to give Little League an improbable, 50-48 win. Brown finished with 19 points while JP Moran had 23 for Curran’s.
In the prior game, Kill, Wood, Ace, & Mann (2-6) showed off their balance with Aidan Donohue scoring 23 points and Joe Morelli chipped in with 20 in a 66-57 win over Station Liquors. Matthew Putterman had 15 and Damon Anderson scored 12 for top-seeded Station Liquors (6-2).
Otherwise, Jack McCabe had 17 as Rockaway Jetty (4-3) beat Boarders Surf Shop (4-4). Teddy Stathis had 22 for Boarders. Plum Tomatoes (4-3) beat Storage Place (3-5) 50-43 despite 20 points from Kyle Hoffman.
The Boys Grammar Senior games offered less drama with Irish Circle (7- 1)) upholding their favorite status with a 59-52 win over Kennedy’s Restaurant (1-7).
The Graybeards (6-2) rolled over Ameritag. Chris Ray had 22 points and Bard Featherston 18 for Irish Circle (2- 6). John Whelan added 21 and Jimmy Howard poured in 20 for Kennedy’s. Matt Regan led Graybeards with 29 points and Andrew Sullivan added 25. Ray Marten had 22 and Luke Gersh 15 for Ameritag.
Rain on Tuesday caused another revision of the schedule. For Boys Grammar Middle, semifinals were played on Thursday night and the championship is still scheduled for Tuesday at 7:00.
Boys Grammar Senior had their second set of quarterfinals on Wednesday. Semifinals are Friday August 12 and the championship is Thursday August 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Boys High School also completed their quarterfinals on Wednesday with semifinals also scheduled on Friday, August 12. The championship is Tuesday, August 16 at 8:15 p.m.
Men’s Open quarterfinals are scheduled Monday, August 15 with semifinals Wednesday, August 17 and the championship on Thursday, August 18 at 8:15.
The Girls Grammar Senior semifinals were moved to Wednesday and the championship is now Monday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Girls High School semifinals are Wednesday, August 17 with the championship Thursday, August 18 at 7:30 in the gym.
The Women’s Open semifinals were in the gym on Tuesday night. First place Bungalow Bar (6-1) beat Boardwalk Bagel (3-4) to set up a championship match with Harbor Light which pulled away from Jameson’s in the final two minutes.
The championship will be in the gym at 7:30 on Tuesday, August 16.
All are invited to cheer the players at the schoolyard or inside the SFDS gymnasium. A word of caution is that large crowds are expected for the championships so please arrive early to get a seat and walk or bike, rather than drive to the schoolyard.