St. Camillus Team Sweeps To Championship
The St. Camillus winter intramural league playoffs were held these past three weeks, with the Orange Junior team, seeded third in the playoffs, taking on the sixth seeded team in the opening round of the playoffs.
The boys got by their first round game with a convincing 35-14 victory. Nyseam Williams led the team in scoring with 12 points, Sean Peter Mullen with 11 points, Eddie Coyne with 10 points and Ian Binder chipping in with two points. Patrick Comer and Arthur Terehoff hounded the ball, contributing to an effective defense.
The second round saw the Orange team pitted against the second seeded team, which earlier in the year beat the Orange team rather easily. The boys took to the floor looking for revenge. The Orange team dominated the game from the opening whistle. The Orange had a 11-5 lead at halftime with Nyseam Williams scoring four points, Sean Peter Mullen adding four points and Eddie Coyne scoring an additional three points.
Coach Ed Coyne gave the team a pep talk at half time, and the boys exploded. The Orange team’s defense of Aidan O’Sullivan, Jamel and Jaylin Fletcher, and Stephen Palagonia smothered the opposition, and their offense exploded for 26 second half points. Nyseam Williams added 14 points for a game high 18 points, Eddie Coyne scored six additional points for a game total of nine points, Sean Peter Mullen added four points for a game total of eight points and Ian Binder scored two additional points. The Orange team had their second playoff round win, regaining their advantage for the early season loss.
The finals found the Orange team pitted against the number one seeded team, and facing a daunting challenge: how to stop the league’s best player and highest scorer.
Before the game Coach Coyne told the team that “it is our team against one of the best players ever to play in the St. Camillus league.”
The Orange team responded with their best all-around game of the year. Coming out with a new defense, not played all year, geared to shut down the best player, the defense responded. At the end of the first quarter, the Orange team defense of Arthur Terehoff, Stephen Palagonia, Jaylin and Jamel Fletcher, Aidan O’Sullivan, and Patrick Comer smothered their opposition, leading 6-5. The second quarter saw a show put on by Eddie Coyne, who put the team on his back, scoring six points, and gathering rebound after rebound, blocking shots and dribbling through double teams. At the half the boys were leading 12-5. One half to go for a championship!
Coach Coyne urged his players to give it their all, and that they did.
The third quarter saw the boys on a tear, scoring 15 points, led by Sean Peter Mullen scoring seven points, Nyseam Williams scoring four points and Eddie Coyne chipping in with two points for a commanding 27-15 lead. One quarter to go for a championship! Coach Coyne pleaded with his boys to lay it on the line. The team responded. The offense added 10 additional points in the fourth quarter, Nyseam Williams with four points (12 points) and Sean Peter Mullen (11 points) Eddie Coyne (10 points) and Ian Binder (4 points) adding two points each. The horn sounded and the Orange team and their parents whooped and hollered, for they pulled off the upset and won themselves a championship!
Coach Coyne after the game told the boys that all of their hard work and practices had paid off.
Coyne was then called to the podium to call out each player and give his team their championship trophies. The smiles on the faces of Ian Binder, Stephen Palagonia, Patrick Comer, Nyseam Williams, Sean Peter Mullen, Arthur Terehoff, Jaylin and Jamel Fletcher, Aidan O’Sullivan and Eddie Coyne as they received their trophies was something the coach and their parents will never forget.
After the trophy ceremony, Coyne thanked the boys, his assistant coach, and their parents for all their hard work, and told each of the boys how proud he was of each of them, but more importantly, that they learned what the word team meant. The boys won the championship, he said, not because they had the best players, but because they had the best team in every sense of the word.