HA Basketball Classic

The 31st annual Holy Angels Basketball Classic concluded an action-packed week of basketball on Saturday. The final round that began with a double-overtime seventh grade game concluded with an eighth grade championship that looked like it would also go into overtime.

In the seventh grade bracket, St. Francis Borgia and Washington County Home School battled to a 27-27 tie in regulation. Each team was shut down in the first OT and the same score was carried into the second overtime. Michael Glomski finally put Borgia on top 29-27 with 2:47 remaining and Will Shefield added another basket ten seconds later. Parker Renard quickly answered for WCHS, cutting the margin to 31-29. Paul Stillone made one free throw to cut the lead to 31-30 with less than a minute on the clock. Glomski added a free throw to close out the scoring and earning a Borgia a 32-30 win. Glomski led all scorers with 22 points, with Shefield adding 9.

Holy Angels-White and Holy Angels-Blue looked like a traditional WBE-WBW tilt as the teams countered each others moves in a defensive struggle. HA-Blue outscored HA-White in the second period to take a 14-9 margin into the locker room. The teams exchanged baskets and free throws with the Blue squad taking home a 19-13 victory.

Richfield jumped out to a 19-12 halftime lead over David’s Star and maintained their margin going into the fourth period. David’s Star caught fire in the final stanza as Evan Rusch tallied ten of his game high 23 points to post a 34-31 come-from-behind win. Dylan Hamilton led the Richfield scoring with ten points.

In the seventh championship game, St. Kilian held St. Frances Cabrini to three points in the first two periods to grab a 18-3 lead at the break. Cabrini cut the margin with a 9-2 run in the third period, but was unable to overcome the deficit as St. Kilian claimed this year’s title with a 30-24 win. Colin Klink led the scoring in the Raiders’ win with ten points.

In the eighth grade bracket, St. Francis Borgia easily handled St. Joseph in the opening game of the bracket, 42-24. Porter Pavalko led all scorers with 21 points including 7×10 from the free throw line. Jack Howman paced St. Joseph with 9 points.

Holy Angels-White vs. Holy Angel-Blue mirrored the seventh grade matchup as the teams struggled to score against each other with Ha-Blue taking a 10-6 halftime lead. HA-White turned a 9-3 third period run into a 15-13 margin going into the final stanza. HA-Blue answered by connecting on 6 out of 8 from the free throw line to ice a 27-24 victory. Tate Rose led the Blue squad with ten points, while Nick Nguyen paced the White squad by hitting a trio of three-pointers.

St. Frances Cabrini used a 19-12 halftime cushion and a 13-7 third period run to get past Richfield 39-31. Landon Diel and Paul Kaufmann led the Knights’ scoring with 12 point each, while Ben Peterson paced Richfield with 13 points.

In the championship game, points were tough to come by with St. Mary’s holding a 17-15 edge over Port Hoops after three periods. When Aaron Brockman scored at the 5:35 mark to tie the game at 17-17, it looked like another overtime was in the making. Down the stretch, Tong Vang gave Port a 19-17 lead with 4:25 on the clock and Andy Albrecht quick responded to knot things at 19-19. Austin Yahr hit a free throw to give St. Mary’s a one point lead. A basket by Anthony Davis and a three-pointer by Vang propelled Port to a 24-20 margin. Yahr cut the lead to 24-22, but it would be the last of the scoring for St. Mary’s as Port Hoops claimed the title with a 30-22 victory.

The final standings in this year’s Classic are:

7th Grade: 1st place – St. Kilian; 2nd – St. Frances Cabrini; 3rd – David’s Star; 4th – Holy Angels-Blue; 5th – Richfield; 6th – Holy Angels-White; 7th – St. Francis Borgia; and 8th – Washington County Home School.

8th Grade: 1st place – Port Hoops; 2nd – St. Mary’s; 3rd – St. Frances Cabrini; 4th – Holy Angels-Blue; 5th – Richfield; 6th – Holy Angels-White; 7th – St. Francis Borgia; and 8th – St. Joseph.

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