St. Rose B-Ballers Back With A Win
After all the turmoil and devastation in the wake of Sandy, another small sign of a return to normalcy was seen on Sunday when the St. Rose of Lima Novice (5th grade) boys basketball team battled St. Thomas Aquinas Woodhaven to a 19-16 victory, raising their record in a storm shortened season to 2-1. Overcoming what was an 8-2 deficit in the first half, Shawn Lockley led St. Rose in buckets, scoring 11 points. Vital offensive contributions were made by Nick Rogers, Jaysen Wilford and John Daudelin. Key defensive stops were made by Dallas Lall.
Thomas Daudelin aggressively hunted down loose balls, Brendan MacLeod got big rebounds off the bench, and Isaac Daudelin was a force in the paint, denying St. Thomas a chance to establish an inside game, thereby forcing perimeter shots, the rebounds of which he grabbed like a man possessed. The rest of the team-Ryan Roman, Anthony Ciapetta, Jaylin Harps, and Frankie Moynihan - rallied to keep St. Thomas from establishing any rhythm or continuity.
Despite having no gym for practice, and despite having had no games thus far, the kids have been playing their hearts out. All the players and parents should be praised for their determination in the face of turmoil. The boy's first victory in November came with a team that had only one player who had been living at home a week prior to the game. In the grand scheme of things, basketball may seem trifling, but to kids who have been through so much, the chance to play and compete and just "be kids" is priceless. The whole Rockaway community should be proud of them.