It took just one game for spectators and coaches to know that St. Kevins is a very deep and well-coached basketball team.
After games one and two, coaches from the other teams that participated realized that the constant changing of defenses and structured offense showed characteristics of college and high school teams, since the fifth-graders have knowledge of nine different defenses and a variety of offenses. Head coach Jimmy Lana and assistant Terry Cannon think it should be an easy transition for players who want to participate at the high school level.
The coaches believe some of their players will make an impact when playing in the next level in the years to come. St. Kevins knocked off team after team with its smothering pressing defense and offensive skills.
St. Kevins made it to the finals against St. Teresas, a well-coached and amazing outside shooting team. St. Kevins was down by eight at half time; however, it continued an amazing display of defense, held St. Teresas scoreless in the fourth quarter and came up a little short for the game.
St. Kevins was awarded second place. Coaches Lana and Cannon were very proud of the way St. Kevins exhibited sportsmanship and professionalism in representing St. Kevins and the Bayside and Flushing area.
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