Season Ends For St. Francis de Sales
The CYO Basketball season for the St. Francis Boys wrapped up with many teams playing in tournaments. Subnovice Blue concluded the season by winning the St. Thomas Apostle tournament.
The boys worked hard all season and the result of their effort was put forth during this tournament. The scoring was led by Michael Tuffey, Sean Peter Mullen, Danny Cornish and Peter Memoli. Joseph Mortellaro, Danny Grillo, and Michael Colletta created a spark off the bench and contributed key baskets in the victories. The boards were controlled by Ryan Murphy, Nick Abruzzo, and Jack McCann who consistently limited the opposition to one shot.
The tenacious defense of Greg Tracy, Storm McDonald-Smith and John McMorrow ensured that SFDS never trailed during the tournament. Pee Wee Blue may have reached the championship game of the Diocesan playoffs, but the Gold team ended on a high note by beating the Blue to win the St. Thomas Apostle tournament.
The SFDS Boys Novice team had a successful year, improving as the year wore on and they grew together under the skillful coaching of the Andresens; Marty and Keith. Their final record was 22 wins and 8 losses, and saved their biggest win for the last game of the year at the St. Margaret’s Tournament where they won the tournament by beating the Brooklyn Queens Diocesan Champs, Our Lady of Angelus.
It was a great way to end the year, and the future bodes well for this group of boys. The SFDS Bantams finished their season by playing in the St. Joseph Tournament, defeating St. Joseph 38-17, Blessed Trinity 42-27, St. Sebastian 46-34 and losing to OLA 50-26 and finally to St. Rose 32-31 in the semis on a buzzer beater. Throughout the tournament Jag Giardelli was outstanding. The Rookies reached the finals at St. Thomas Apostle, but lost by 6 points.
The Intermediates overcame the disappointment of their tough draw in the Diocesan playoffs where they lost to eventual champions St. Mary Magdalene, with an impressive run to take the championship at St. Thomas Apostle. They knocked off Diocesan finalists St. Kevin, and longtime rivals Gate of Heaven, before finishing with a stunning upset of St. Rose of Lima in the championship game. Alex Goldberg received the Frankie Carapolo Award as the player who most displays the combination of skill, desire, love of the game, and sportsmanship that was embodied by Frankie Carapolo. The entire team can be proud and their CYO careers and coaches Ray Corrigan and Joe Mingino shared in that joy with them.