Our Lady of Loretto Knights Battle to the End

Sixth-grade basketball team finishes second in CYO

By Celinda Donaghy

Our Lady of Loretto Knights basketball players wrapped up the season and brought home the second-place trophy in the Catholic Youth Organization Championship held at Iona Tully Gymnasium in New Rochelle on Sunday, March 1. After the game started following an hour-and-a-half delay, the boys’ anticipation was high as they faced off against St. John and Paul from Mahopac.

Tooth-and-nail games had been a theme throughout the season, and the Loretto Knights didn’t disappoint with this one. They and their opponents were aggressive for the four quarters, with the score always tying or close to a tie.

The teams were tied 17-17 before the half ended. The Knights closed out the third quarter behind 24-22. The fourth quarter was as intense for the fans as it was for the Knights, with 1:04 left for the championship and the teams tied at 32-32. In the end the Knights lost a close game, 38-34. The Knights were led by Christian Pezzullo with 13 points, followed by Daniel Santos with 12 points.

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