Breezy Point Boys Win CYOB Championship
In a story that could easily represent Rockaway’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the Blessed Trinity 5th grade basketball team rebounded from the ruins of a storm ravaged season to win the Brooklyn/Queens CYO B Division basketball championship.
The boys in green defeated St. Patrick 36-20 at McClancy High School on Saturday, March 16th. The win was celebrated by the players, parents and other Rockaway attendees at the game.
Despite the lack of any practices since the hurricane, coaches Bryan McGinn and Chris Clark had the boys well prepared to handle the pressure of a championship game.
Coach McGinn said, “Coach Chris and I couldn’t be prouder. The boys have shown more resiliency than we could have imagined. They should serve as an inspiration to us all.”
Sean Hennessy led the way with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Sean O’Keefe scored 7 points and played a terrific defensive game inside, constantly cutting off drives to the hoop and disrupting the St. Patrick offense. Tom McGinn with 7 points, 2 assists and 6 steals and Daniel Green with 5 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and 5 forced turnovers set the tone on offense and defense with their adept ball handling and constant pressure at the top of the zone.
Philly Benoit with 2 points and 2 assists was in the middle of things all over the court. Brendan Petronis hit another clutch 3-pointer and Jack Sullivan hit a 2-pointer to round out the scoring. Bryan McGinn, Ryan Clark, Andrew Carr, Sean Sullivan, Dylan McLaren, Ryan Keane, Tom Geis and Wally Young were their usual hustling selves and contributed key minutes to the victory.
BT jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as Hennessy and Tom McGinn scored baskets and O’Keefe and Green each hit a free throw. St. Patrick closed to 8-4 but McGinn hit another bucket and Hennessy madea3pointplaytomoveBT out front by 9.
After a St. Patrick basket, Petronis nailed a 3-pointer to widen the BT lead to 10. St Pat fought back with a basket and a 3-pointer and Hennessy added another 3 point play to end the half at 19-11. St Patrick started the second half with a rush to get back in the game and narrowed the score to 21-17.
After a timeout, the BT boys got back to their crisp, up tempo passing and harassing defense and went on a 15-1 tear started by Benoit’s basket to take a 36- 18 lead. O’Keefe scored 3 buckets and Green 2 during that stretch. St Pat hit 2 late free throws to close out the scoring. When the final buzzer sounded, the BT boys all jumped in the air and hugged each other in a big circle.
Through the resurgence back from the destruction and despair of Hurricane Sandy, Rockaway is most proud of its basketball players, coaches, parents and supporters.