2013-02-20 / Sports

Evangel Eagles Win Basketball Championship



On February 7 the No. 1-ranked Evangel Christian School Eagles took on the No. 2- ranked Staten Island Academy Tigers for the PSAA Boys Junior Varsity Championship, led by Coach Robert Racoma, Assistant Coach Daniel Herrera, Junior Captain Michael Tolone and sophomore Samuel Garcia, the Eagles jumped to a 14-6 halftime lead. Racoma’s words, “Defense wins championships” could be heard resonating throughout the gym. He told the team during a timeout, “We need to be tougher defensively. Box out, rebound and make the smart pass.” Center Jesse Gomez and Timothy Bayonne fought to box out and secure rebounds, while forward Wesley Pratt and guard Nigel Giddens hustled to close out the shooters. The defensive intensity from both teams was remarkable. Neither team was willing to give up any points. But in the end, the Eagles came out ahead by a score of 39-29. Tolone is the Regular Season MVP, Gomez is the Playoff MVP, Garcia is All Conference and Pratt is All Division. On February 7 the No. 1-ranked Evangel Christian School Eagles took on the No. 2- ranked Staten Island Academy Tigers for the PSAA Boys Junior Varsity Championship, led by Coach Robert Racoma, Assistant Coach Daniel Herrera, Junior Captain Michael Tolone and sophomore Samuel Garcia, the Eagles jumped to a 14-6 halftime lead. Racoma’s words, “Defense wins championships” could be heard resonating throughout the gym. He told the team during a timeout, “We need to be tougher defensively. Box out, rebound and make the smart pass.” Center Jesse Gomez and Timothy Bayonne fought to box out and secure rebounds, while forward Wesley Pratt and guard Nigel Giddens hustled to close out the shooters. The defensive intensity from both teams was remarkable. Neither team was willing to give up any points. But in the end, the Eagles came out ahead by a score of 39-29. Tolone is the Regular Season MVP, Gomez is the Playoff MVP, Garcia is All Conference and Pratt is All Division.

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