2014-01-31 / Sports

Blessed Trinity Boys Win For A Good Cause

By Sean Padraic McCarthy-Coyne

Breezy Point’s Blessed Trinity CYO 4th Grade Boys Basketball and St. Ephram’s teams played for a good cause at the “Swish For Kids” Tournament. Breezy Point’s Blessed Trinity CYO 4th Grade Boys Basketball and St. Ephram’s teams played for a good cause at the “Swish For Kids” Tournament. Blessed Trinity’s 4th grade CYO boys’ basketball team traveled to Brooklyn on January 18th, to participate in the “Swish for Kids” tournament held at St. Ephrem’s School gym. The tournament is an annual fundraiser for pediatric cancer research.

The team has had a very difficult season, being as yet a young and inexperienced group. Coach Ed Coyne told the team that they would win this tournament, and had his team prepared, but with the way the season was going, many had their doubts.

The Breezy Point boys took the floor against the home team, St. Ephrem’s, at noon to kick off the tournament. Coach Coyne addressed the team before the game, encouraging them to focus on everything they have learned to date, hustle, and leave it all out on the floor.

Blessed Trinity started off fast, exploding for eight unanswered points in the first two minutes of the game, and never looked back.

Lakym Lowman, age seven, playing point guard was all over the court, stealing and stripping balls which led to quick baskets.

Lakym ended with a season-high six points. Eddie Coyne hit his first three shots, which would set the tone for the team. Patrick Kelly was tasked to defend St. Ephrem’s best player, and Patrick came through, shutting down his opposition. Owen Singleton, relieving Lakym Lowman, brought his tenacious defense to the court.

The St. Ephrem’s guards had great difficulty penetrating the stingy defense set up by Blessed Trinity. James Wageman, playing center, had his best game of the year, scoring six points, and grabbing many rebounds. Aidan McCormack started at forward and added much to the offense, setting a number of picks and screens that freed his teammates for uncontested shots. Taiwan Bilbo, also seven, played guard, and added speed and determination to both the defense and offense.

The team played their finest all-around game of the year. Eddie Coyne was spectacular, scoring a season-high 20 points, bringing down numerous rebounds, blocking shots and dishing out five assists.

Blessed Trinity won the game, and more importantly, contributed to a good cause. The boys each received a medal for their efforts, and a tournament shirt. The smiles on their faces after the game showed that their hard work this difficult season finally paid off. They and their families should all be proud of their efforts. Way to go, boys!

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