Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00
With a stirring come from behind victory over St. Mary’s of Manhasset, the St. Aloysius 5th grade boy’s CYO basketball team has assured itself of at least a tie for the regular season title in the 4C2 division of the CYO of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and will attempt to win the division outright in their final game of the regular season.
Both teams entered the contest with identical 10-0 records and early on it looked as if St. Mary’s was going to ruin the St. Aloysius boy’s dream of a perfect regular season. Playing in front of their home crowd, St. Mary’s raced out to an early 8-point lead and held a 7 point lead at the half. However, the St. Aloysius defense came alive in the second half and forced St. Mary’s to take a number of difficult shots and caused them to turn the ball over repeatedly. The defensive intensity was matched on the offensive end as the team repeatedly drove to the basket and fought for rebounds. As a result, St. Mary’s soon found itself in foul trouble and St. Aloysius was able to narrow the gap. However, St. Mary’s hung tough and St. Aloysius still trailed with less than a minute to play. While St. Aloysius would take their first lead of the game, it was only a 1-point lead and, once again, it was up to the defense to save the day. St. Mary’s was unable to get the go ahead basket and St. Aloysius emerged with the victory.For St. Aloysius to finish off their perfect regular season, they will have to contend with St. Mary’s once more as due to a quirk in the schedule, these 2 division leaders will meet again with 1st place on the line. St. Aloysius will again need the fine play of its deep and talented roster that includes: 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 as St. Mary’s looks to avenge its only loss of the season. 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.