Things looked bleak the evening of Jan. 22, for the St. Peter's CYO tyro basketball team. They had just lost a close game to a tough St. Joseph's of Hewlett team and their record now stood at 1-3. Little did they know that St. Peter's had just lost to the team which would ultimately finish 14-0 and win the Nassau/Suffolk championship.
The St. Peter's team went on to win the next six games in a row, however, to finish the regular season at 7-3 and qualify for the playoffs.
In their first playoff game, St. Peter's faced St. Raymond of Oceanside which had suffered only one defeat the entire season, and that by one point. The speed of St. Peter's prevailed over the size of the St. Raymond's team and St. Peter's emerged with a six-point victory.
The next day St. Peter's once again faced a much bigger team, St. Pius of Plainview, which finished the regular season undefeated. The St. Peter's team played almost perfect basketball to upset the previously undefeated St. Pius team.
The next week St. Peter's advanced to the final four where they lost a three-point game to St. William of Seaford. St. William went on to lose to St. Joseph of Hewlett the next week by three points, the same St. Joseph's team which St. Peter's had faced earlier in the regular season. The winning St. Joseph coach expressed his opinion that St. Peter's had given him the toughest test in their entire undefeated regular season and playoff run.
Like George Mason University, St. Peter's tyro team had a great season in coming from nowhere to advance to the final four from an initial total of 44 teams, even though they did not make it to the championship game. Coaches Tom McNamara and Joe Ramos were proud of their team's efforts considering that the team's roster included only one tenth grader in a league comprised of ninth and tenth grade boys. Team members included tenth-grader Michael Riley, and ninth-graders Joseph Gil, Tyler Glass, Brett Jordan, Bryan Kallenberg, Aldo Mazzaferro, Sean McNamara, JJ Pomeranz, Joseph Ramos, and Daniel Schacter.