With 0:33 left and St. Joseph’s trailing by one, Ashley McQuillan (Brooklyn, NY/St. Francis Prep) hit two free throws to put the Lady Bears up for good leading St. Joseph’s to a 56-53 victory over #2 Albany Pharmacy in the 2010 HVWAC Championship game on Sunday night. McQuillan finished with 20 points and was named Tournament MVP.
Freshman Janine Doran (South Ozone Park, NY/Archbishop Molloy) capped off her rookie season with her first career double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down a team high 10 rebounds. Sophomore Kristin Binckes (Brooklyn, NY/St. Savior) added seven points and swiped a game-high five steals, the last coming with final seconds to seal the title for the St. Joseph’s. Senior Julia Serewko (Woodside, NY/Mary Louis) and freshman Teresa Mangan (Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph’s) chipped in six points each, with the rookie also grabbing eight rebounds.
In the opening frame, the Lady Bears went on a 12-4 run to build their largest lead of the half at 10 with 2:48 remaining. St. Joseph’s missed their final five shots and Albany Pharmacy outscored the Lady Bears 7-2 to trail 34-29 at intermission.
St. Joseph’s scored the first nine points of the second stanza and built their largest lead of the game at 14. The Panthers clawed back into the game with their own 9-0 run, cutting the Lady Bear lead to two with just over seven minutes to play. Three straight conversions from Binckes, McQuillan and Serewko pushed the St. Joe’s lead back up to eight with over five minutes to play.
The Lady Bears went scoreless for nearly five minutes and committed five turnovers, allowing another Albany Pharmacy 9-0 run which gave the Panthers their first lead of the game, 53-52, with just under a minute remaining. After coach Frank Carbone called a timeout to set up the offense, the Lady Bears patiently moved the ball around until McQuillan was fouled on her way to the hoop. The tournament MVP calmly sank both free throws to take back the lead. On the ensuing possession, McQuillan stole the ball near mid-court and was fouled with five ticks left, making both free throws to force Albany Pharmacy to hit a three-pointer to tie. Once again, the Lady Bears pressure forced another turnover at mid-court to clinch the win.
In ceremonies after the game, McQuillan and Mangan were named to the 2009-10 All-Conference Team.
St. Joseph’s captures their first conference title since 2006. The Lady Bears conclude the season with a 15-12 record.
St. Joseph's (Men) 78, Vaughn College 62
ALBANY, NY –The St. Joseph’s College men’s basketball team captured their second Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference championship, defeating #3 Vaughn College 78-62. Junior Justin Gist (Newsome, FL/Newsome) scored 27 points and was named tournament MVP.
Gist scored 27 points for the second straight game on 10-for-24 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. He also dished out five assists and four rebounds, both game highs. Senior Mike Dziewit (Ridgewood, NY/Wadleigh) finished his career scoring a season-high 15 points grabbing seven rebounds. Senior Lew Monaco (Staten Island, NY/Msgr. Farrell) added 14 points and sophomore Antoine Forehand (New York, NY/Rice) chipped in 12, while junior Jon Matzelle (Maspeth, NY/St. Francis Prep) pulled down nine rebounds.
Jihad Cesar led Vaughn College with 22 points and Jerome Chan added 14 points, netting four three pointers. Levar Smith recorded an 11 point, 14 rebound double-double.
Vaughn College carried the momentum of their comeback overtime win over Albany Pharmacy that earned them a spot in the championship game, going back and forth with St. Joseph’s and taking a slim early lead. At the midway point in the half, the Bears went on a 10-0 run, to take a seven point lead which they extended to a 37-25 lead at the break.
In the second stanza, the Bears led by as many as 17 with seven minutes remaining and Vaughn went on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to single digits, but St. Joseph’s went a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line in the final minutes to hold off the Warriors.
In ceremonies after the game, Monaco, Matzelle and Gist were named to the 2009-10 All-Conference team. Coach Joseph Cocozello also was named 2009-10 Coach of the Year.
St. Joseph’s concludes their 2009-10 campaign with a record of 10-16 and accomplishing one of their primary goals – to capture the HVMAC title which has eluded them in previous years.