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CYO Basketball News: November 22, 2013

NBA All Star Anderson Visits

Former-NBA All Star Kenny Anderson and Molloy High School graduate addressed the Church of St. Mary CYO fourth graders. The kids heard Anderson speak on how blessed with a God given talent which he developed to become an elite NBA player. He spoke on the commitment of bettering himself and his teammates and the importance of respecting yourself, your parents, your family, your team and your ball. Anderson then promptly drained some 3-point shots. Anderson commented that his finest accomplishment was earning his college degree from St. Thomas More College.

Thank you to Doc Brunetti and Tom McLaughlin for their efforts in engaging Anderson to come and speak to the athletes.

Over 350 boys on 32 teams opened the 2013-2014 Church of St. Mary, Manhasset CYO Boys Basketball Travel season this past weekend.

St. Mary’s sixth grade team coached by Selby opened the season with a split. Saturday saw a shorthanded 28-24 loss to OL Lourdes, Malverne and Sunday notched a 28-18 win over Sacred Heart in Merrick.

Flynn’s fifth grade team beat St Josephs from Hewlett at home on Saturday. A balanced attack with scoring from Sam Kline, James O’Connor, TJ Roszko, Max Schwenk and Johnny Simoldini. The boys played disciplined hard-nosed defense and moved the ball and moved off the ball very well, producing a 20–14 win.

The eighth grade Dadourian team tallied a come from behind victory over Long Beach Catholic. Down 18-2, the boys came back to win 36-28. The comeback was lead by Philip Gentile and Devin Callery who pressed Long Beach into multiple turnovers while Chris Yun and Michael Cattaneo were strong on the boards. Every player contributed to the win and we had very balanced scoring, lead by Nicky Harris.

The seventh grade Tsartsalis team opened its 2013-2014 season with an impressive 34-9 win in East Rockaway against St. Raymond’s. Stelio Katopodis and Leo Tsartsalis were the leading scorers for St. Mary’s. Both finished with 13 points. Michael Polis (5 points). Michael Runac (2 points) and Victor D’Angelo (1 point) also contributed to the offensive effort. J.P. Aliprantis and Matthew Abrankian led the tight St. Mary’s defense, holding St. Raymond’s scoreless in the second quarter.