Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00
Even though the team had just completed a regular season in which they compiled an 11-1 record and finished atop their division, the St. Aloysius 5th grade boys CYO basketball team knew that the hardest part of the season was yet to come; they would now compete in the Island wide CYO championship tournament. Just like the nation’s premier college basketball programs, their season now came down to a series of single elimination games to determine a champion.
The team opened the tournament with a victory over St. Mary’s of Manhasset in which the team received significant contributions from each team member. The next step on the tournament ladder took them to East Cutchogue where they would take on Sacred Heart. In a tournament designed to determine the best CYO team on all of Long Island, each team proved themselves worthy contenders for the title.
Simply put, the game epitomized everything that “March Madness” has come to mean: a close game defined by fine all around play by both teams, clutch free throw shooting, and drama. The game was so tightly contested that 4 quarters was not enough to determine a winner. As the epic battle waged on manpower became an issue for St. Aloysius as two players would eventually foul out of the game. Finally, after 2 overtime periods, Sacred Heart was able to claim victory.
Despite the disappointing outcome, St. Aloysius enjoyed a very fine season, which would not have been possible if not for the efforts of all of its players including Matthew Yazdan, Toby Nabavian, Kyle Kamali, Noah Hanover, Randy Aziz, Solomon Hackman, Byron Hakimian, Jason Beeferman, Brandon Alwadish, Jon Soffer, Ryan Danahy, Josh Wigler and Matthew Hakimian.
The St. Aloysius CYO basketball program currently has multiple teams participating in the 5th through 8th grade divisions of the CYO of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. All children attending Great Neck public schools are eligible to participate. Try-outs for the upcoming fall season will be held this spring. Additional details will be provided at a later date.