Three Teams Victorious In SFDS Classic Finale
The 27th St. Francis Summer Classic concluded with three exciting championship basketball games last Thursday. The night began with the Boys Grammar Senior championship between the Melons and top seeded Irish Circle. Windy conditions made scoring difficult but after three quarters, Irish Circle held a 28-21 lead powered by Bard Featherston and Chris Ray. The skies then opened up and the game was moved inside to the SFDS gym.
But the Irish Circle left its game outside and the Melons went on a stunning 20-2 run to take the title 41-30. Aidan Morgan scored 9 of his 13 points in the final period and Alex Goldberg added 12 along with numerous steals. Kevin McNoble scored 8. Bard Featherston had 13 points and Chris Ray had 8 for the Irish Circle.
The Melons were coached by Brian Bagley and also include Chris Stone, Ethan Ruiz, Joe Willis, Seamus McDonagh, Jack Carter and Ryan Olsen.
The SFDS Girls High School Division game was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the gym, but was delayed when the boys game had to move inside. R. Tyne Painting seemed to be even more delayed as Animal Hospital of the Rockaways ran out to a 22-11 lead after the first quarter and maintained the spread going into the final period. Kristin Ferrigno, Samantha Simon, Katie Dascher and Elizabeth ‘Gurt’ Lynch led the surprising Animal Hospital.
However, Lynch fouled out midway through the fourth quarter and R. Tyne eventually broke through as Taylor Butigian scored 14 of her game high 27. Animal Hospital ran out of gas and R. Tyne prevailed 64-58. Tyne was coached by Chuck and Mary Gillen and the players are Taylor Butigian, Cathryn Brown, Casey Collins, Jackie Gillen, Maegen Reed, Deidre Ray, Olivia McCarthy, Victoria Murgida, Shannon White and Samantha Doka.
In Wednesday’s semifinals, Tyne beat Walter Blum’s Giants despite 20 points from Ashley Raaf of Blum’s. Betty Boops squandered a 28-16 halftime lead as Animal Hospital pulled out a 42-39 win. Taylor Gallagher had 13 points for Betty Boops.
Wednesday’s Men’s Open semifinals were outstanding with Belle Harbor Steakhouse holding on for a 63- 59 win over Ludwig’s Catering. Brian Kelly scored 25 points to lead Belle Harbor Steakhouse.
Quigley Insurance then pulled out a 63-52 win in overtime over the Rock Park All Stars. Connor Monaghan scored 26 to lead Quigley Insurance and Sean Loftus chipped in with 22.
In the championship game, Belle Harbor Steakhouse looked ready to wear the long sleeve tees again as their offense fired on all cylinders en route to a 43- 32 halftime lead. Connor Monaghan then tossed in 20 second half points and Desmond McGowan hit two critical free throws as the youth had its day and Quigley Insurance pulled out a 78-73 victory for the title.
Brian Kelly scored 23 points, Paul Peterson had 21 and Ryan Whelan added 16 for Belle Harbor Steakhouse. Monaghan finished with 29, Chris Coyne poured in 17 and Sean Loftus contributed with 14 points for Quigley Insurance.
The Quigley Insurance team was assembled by owner Maureen Edwards, General Manger Danny Edwards, and Director of Player Personnel Morgan Kelly, and the rest of the champions are Dennis McGowan, Peter Memel, Jimmy O’Connor, Danny Raphael and Rob Tyne.
The St. Francis de Sales Summer Classic would like to thank all its commissioners, coaches, sponsors, officials, players and parents for another successful season, and looks forward to seeing everyone next year.