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Having taken first place in the regular season of the Nassau Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association, St. Mary's was given a bye in the first round of the league play-offs. In the semi-finals, the Gaels faced fourth-seeded St. Dominic's from Oyster Bay. Even though St. Mary's had defeated St. Dom's twice during the season, they still worked very hard to prepare for this game.

St. Mary's came up big defensively and allowed St. Dominic to score only 35 points. Jimmy Frauenburg scored 17 points and Andre Williams had 14. This 65-35 victory gave St. Mary's a return trip to the NSCHSAA finals.

Instead of shutting down Joel Suarez's offensive brilliance, the chanting of his name by the Chaminade student body had just the opposite result. Suarez, one of the state's best offensive players, scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half giving the Gaels a 30-23 lead at the half.

Second place team Chaminade, making their first title game appearance since 1994, came within three points with less than two minutes to go, but the Gaels snuffed out any hope for the Flyers by converting 8 of 10 as the Gaels sent four players to the foul line in the final minute and a half.

Their 63-54 victory over Chaminade gave St. Mary's their second NSCHSAA championship in two years before a capacity crowd at the Nassau Community college gym. The Gaels will play the CHSAA Class B City champion on Tuesday at St. Dominic's at 7 p.m.




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