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St. Aloysius Boys CYO Basketball Teams

Sixth Grade Victory Over St. Mary’s of East Islip

The St. Aloysius boy’s 6th grade basketball team kept its hopes of a playoff berth in the B division of the CYO of Nassau and Suffolk Counties alive with a victory over St. Mary’s of East Islip.

As the teams opened up the second half of the season, St. Aloysius was looking to avenge an early season loss to St. Mary’s as the two teams continue to jockey for position in the standings. While St. Mary’s offense was the difference in their earlier meeting, this time St. Aloysius got a much needed win behind a ferocious defensive effort that was spearheaded by Justin Lau, Andi Reiss, Avery Nabavian, Matthew Solomon, Noah Hakimian and Adam Bernstein.

The stellar defensive effort was supported by a balanced scoring attack that came to life in the second half. With the game tied at the half, Joey Jacobs, Aaron Paknoush, Charlie Goodwin, Brian Volk and Gabe Lefkowitz were able to solve St. Mary’s zone defense and provided the team with a lead as they entered 4th quarter. However, the game was not decided until the final minutes when some clutch late-game free throw shooting by Joey Jacobs, Charlie Goodwin and Brian Volk put the game out of reach.

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.    

Sixth Grade Victory Over St. Aidan’s

With a victory over St. Aidan’s of East Williston, the St. Aloysius 6th grade boy’s basketball team improved their record to 7-1 and maintained their hold on first place in the B division of the CYO of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

As the team continues its drive toward the playoffs, the team was able to find extra motivation in the fact that the only blemish on their record was an early season loss to St. Aidan’s. The added motivation insured a spirited effort and the team raced out to an early lead behind the scoring of Jesse Romano and Sheldon Henry. Faced with an early deficit, St. Aidan’s was forced to employ a full court press for most of the game. However, St. Aidan’s defensive efforts were neutralized by the fine play of guards Max Uribe, Tyler Witt and Phillip Schifillti while the St. Aidan’s offense was stifled behind the relentless defensive efforts of George Vlantis, Sam Kashi, Lucas Cowen, and Thomas Mangin.

With only 4 games left in the regular season, the team cannot rest on its laurels as, despite their fine season, they hold only a one game lead on the division and it appears that competition for the division’s 3 playoff spots will go down to the wire.

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.    

Fifth Grade Team

The St. Aloysius boy’s 5th grade basketball team continued its magical run toward a division title with a victory over Corpus Christi of Mineola.  With the victory, the team’s record stands at 8-0 and has them in first place in their division of the CYO of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

With the victory over Corpus Christi secured, the team is preparing for a grueling finish to the season which will conclude with two games against St. Mary’s of Manhasset which is also undefeated.

The key to the team’s success this season has been the fine all around play of team members Matthew Yazdan, Toby Nabavian, Noah Hanover, Kyle Kamali, Randy Aziz, Solomon Hackman, Byron Hakimian, Jason Beeferman, Brandon Alwadish, Ryan Danahy, Josh Wigler, and Matthew Hakimian. The team has regularly seen 9 of its members hit the scoring column in a game and plays sound team defense.

The team will need the continued efforts of all of its players as it continues its march toward an undefeated regular season and is sure to be tested in the playoffs.

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.