SFDS Fourth Grade Peewee Team Finishes Good Campaign
The SFDS Blue Peewee Boys fourth grade basketball team made it to the CYO Diocesan Championship by defeating Blessed Trinity, 27-18, at Molloy High School last Saturday. SFDS jumped out to a 9-0 first quarter lead by playing aggressive trap defense that caused BT to repeatedly turn the ball over.
SFDS was able to capitalize with Kyle Duffy, Danny Endall and James Agoglia all scoring in the first quarter. The offense settled down in the second but SFDS’s stingy defense led by Joe Tammaro and Christian Zirino- Rodriguez and strong inside play by Joe Featherston and Christian Agoglia held BT to only three first half points to lead at the half, 11-3.
Both offenses came alive in the second half with SFDS putting up 16 and BT adding 15 for a final score of 27-18. Ian Byrne led all scorers with 10 points. The win put SFDS in the Sunday championship game vs. St. Joe’s at McClancy H.S. which tipped off at noon.
In the title game, SFDS raced out to a 15-2 first quarter lead with an unheard of six different players scoring in the first quarter, including Terence Marten and Cooper Nagel hitting clutch shots. On defense, SFDS used Kyle Cornish to play man to man coverage on St. Joe’s top player to hold him scoreless in the first half. The second quarter saw St. Joe’s settle down and start to get the basket more frequently, whittling SFDS’s lead down for a halftime score of 20-14.
SFDS went ice cold on offense in the second half, unable to convert any layups or foul shots. Despite tremendous passing and all around strong play from Dillon Ostrander and Ian Byrne, SFDS saw its lead evaporate until it found itself trailing in the fourth quarter.
With two minutes remaining and only down by one, SFDS had countless opportunities to score but could not put the ball in the basket. Down the stretch, Kyle Duffy was a beast on both the offensive and defensive boards, repeatedly getting to the foul line but unable to convert. When all was said and done, SFDS could only muster 5 second half points, losing 28-25 to a strong St. Joe’s team.
SFDS had a remarkable season amassing an overall 24-6 record. The team wishes a speedy recovery to Mike DeMarco and Jason Moore as they missed the weekend’s games due to illness/ injury and were sorely missed.