Blessed Trinity Now Tournament Champs
The Blessed Trinity 5th Grade Boys basketball season started way back in November with an opening game victory over Good Shepherd at home. Little did the coaches know what kind of season they were about to encounter. There were many highs and lows along the way, but it only took a few games to realize that we were one of the smaller teams in the “A” division so we had to change our team philosophy. Walking into a handful of gyms, “Are we sure they are in 5th grade” was often heard when seeing the size of the opponents.
Instead of trying to battle the much taller teams down low we made the transition into “Team Chaos” with the mindset of fast breaks and constant pressure defense. This led to some very exciting games that came down to the wire. The CYO schedule was completed with a regular season record of 5-7, with 5 of the 7 losses being by 8 points or less. The team had a first round bye in the CYO “A” playoffs, so Blessed Trinity faced St. Luke in a tough second round matchup at Resurrection Ascension. With the gym feeling like 100 degrees that day, the 14 player roster was definitely a positive as there was constant subbing in and out of the game to keep the boys fresh. This led to an 11 point playoff win. Up next was one of the top teams in the “A” division, OLA. OLA got out to an early lead and never looked back. BT battled until the very end, despite the scoreboard, with players continuing to dive on the floor for loose balls late in the 4Q and the outcome already decided. This completed the CYO season with an overall record of 6-8.
The 5th Grade boys also played in two tournaments this season. First there was the Sacred Heart Christmas Tournament where the team went 1-2 against top talent and once again, teams with a distinct size advantage. Second there was the St. Margaret’s “March Madness” Tournament. After an opening game victory against St. Pancras, BT faced SFDS in the second round. SFDS took an early 1Q lead but BT came storming back in the 2Q to tie the game. Both teams battled throughout the second half, first OT and into the second OT where SFDS pulledouta1pointwin. Whatagame!!!! After the game, both the SFDS coach and the BT coach agreed that they would both be restructuring their contracts and asking for raises next season.
Going into the losers bracket of the tournament made the road that much tougher to get to the finals. BT would have to win six straight to win the championship. Any loss would end their season. “The Run” began with an 8 point win over Holy Trinity. The following weekend the team was staring at three games in a row on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Upfirstwasa6pointwinoverSt.Stan’s on Friday night. Saturday afternoon’s opponent was Resurrection Ascension. Trailing the entire game, and looking at a 7 point deficit in the 4Q, BT wasn’t ready for their season to end. In exciting fashion “Team Chaos” marched back in the final minute to prevail by 2 and move onto the quarterfinals. Back at St. Margaret’s on Sunday for the third day in a row, BT would now have to face a tough St Adalbert team. With their eyes set on the semi finals and a rematch with SFDS, BT took the lead from the beginning and never looked back, winning by 8. “The Rematch” took place on Saturday morning March 15 with the winner to face “B” division champ and undefeated OLMC in the finals the following weekend. This time BT was ready and took control from the beginning, finishing the 1Q with a 9-0 lead. As expected, SFDS showed a ton of heart and battled back in the 2Q. BT was not to be denied on this day though as they played their best game of the season to move on to the tournament finals. With one game to go and riding a five game winning streak with their backs against the wall facing elimination each game, the BT boys marched into St. Margaret’s to face the undefeated OLMC squad with the championship on the line. In a standing room only gym, BT came out on fire, hitting their first five shots from the field to take an 11-7 lead after 1Q. OLMC battled back in the 2Q, and switched defenses to get back in the game at halftime with a 13-13 tie. With one half remaining in the season and the championship on the line, “Team Chaos” came alive on offense and defense throughout the second half, causing turnovers, getting key rebounds, and hitting big shots. With the game still up for grabs late in the 4Q, BT pulled away by going 8-13 from the foul line (free throws win championships!!!) in the 4Q to win the championship by 4, handing OLMC their only loss of the season. The excitement from the players, coaches and parents was outstanding. What an end to the season.
The 5th Grade Boys Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 14-11. The roster for “Team Chaos” was made up of: Stevie Domenech, Aidan Doherty, Bart Moroney, Brendan Powers, Luke Lizzi, Bobby Corbett, Bobby Dalton, Brian Duggan, Matthew Moran, Michael Esposito, Brandon Fox, Tyler Rom, Tommy Kimmeth and Joseph DiGiacomo. Coaches Wayne Lizzi and Michael Esposito could not be prouder of this bunch as each and every player contributed to a fantastic season, whether it be on offense, defense, setting a screen, getting a rebound, making a key pass or just plain out hustling up and down the court. Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc. for your support throughout the season. I hope to see everyone over the summer at Breezy Hoops.