JERSEY CITY, NJ - On Friday it was indoors to School 7 as thunderstorms reared their ugly and moist head. On tap for the officiating were two grade school and a high school contest. Scores follow the jump.....
St. Michael's 47 Jersey Jayhawks 41
Holy Trinity CYO 45 Junior Friars 30
St. Anthony's 40 Dickinson 27
Playoffs are set to start on Wednesday. In the grade school division, St. Michael's appears the class of the group. They were challenged by a good club, coming from fifteen points down early to make a serious run.
Holy Trinity is one of the better and gradually improving clubs in this league. They did a solid job handing the Junior Friars a double digit defeat.
St. Anthony's and Dickinson are less than a mile apart geographically. From the talent and notoriety standpoint there is a wide gap. Still, the Rams of Dickinson battled gamely and made it a tough go for the Friars.
Dickinson relied on motion offense and zone defense. They did not want a transition game but St. Anthony's still found opportunities to force tempo and accelerate the pace. Legendary St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley took in the game with his assistant Ben Gamble. They sat in the stands while assistants Ed Malloy and Tom Lalicata ran the club.
The St. Anthony size and conditioning took its toll the final eight minutes as the friars opened the contest up, Even with a limited squad in numbers and minus a few key players, the Friars were a tough opponent.
Dickinson has used the Hamilton Park league to their advantage. Coach Sean Drennan also watches from the stands and lets his assistants run the club. What he see is a young squad competing, getting some wins and improving every night out. Which it what Summer ball is all about. s officiating partner George Mioran said, " I'm not surprised Dickinson gave them a tough game. They're Jersey City kids and won;t back down." Well put indeed.
Continued thanks to number one fam Mr. Daly, supplying the scorer's table (and officials) with bags of candy. Also 'Commissioner' Pat Devaney for suggesting a post game stop at Boulevard Drinks. The best hot dogs in Jersey City. Maybe the best around.