Stepinac Wins a Thriller- Stepinac Student Reporter Devin Thomas
Posted Thursday, March 11, 2010 by Devin Thomas
Post Game-Championship Game
WOW! Stepinac and Cardinal Hayes played in the CHSAA “A” championship game Friday night at FordhamUniversity and boy was it entertaining
Cardinal Hayes came out quickly and shocked the Stepinac five!. Three minutes into the game, Hayes had a 9-2 lead. Still in the first quarter, Hayes extended their lead to 12-4. And at the end of one, Hayes had a ten-point lead - 18-8.
In the second quarter, again Hayes jumped out early.At the six-minute mark, Hayes led Stepinac 21-8. At this point I asked myself, “ how could Stepinac come back again?” Then all of a sudden the Crusaders got on a roll. They went on a 12-0 run to pull within 1 at 21-20. I thought I just answered my question, when all of a sudden after a timeout, Hayes went on their own run and reeled off nine straight unanswered points to make it a 32-21 game at the half.
Entering the third quarter, with things looking brighter for Stepinac, the Crusaders defense and shooting improved immensely. With 3:50 left to play in the quarter, Hayes was leading 34-26. With two minutes left in the quarter, it was a one -point game at 34-33. Stepinac outscored Hayes 16-3.Hayes added a foul shot and made it 35-33.With 22 seconds left, Stepinac took thelead37-35 for the first time in the game.
Fourth quarter comes and things get intense. With 4:47 left to play in the game, Stepinac had expanded their lead to 43-37. At 3:51 left to play it was 47-40 Stepinac. With 2:30 left to play, it was a 4-point game at 47-43. The fans for both teams were going crazy. At the 2-minute mark, it was 51-44 Step. With 1:28 to go, Stepinac expanded their lead again to 53-45. The final score of this insane game was 61-54 ArchbishopStepinacHigh School.
50 years ago this week was the anniversary of Stepinac’s first CHSAA title played on the same floor at FordhamUniversity in 1960. Tim Cohane, a member of the 1960 team spoke to the team before the game giving them some words of encouragement.
I spoke with Coach Philp before the game and I asked him who he thought needed to have a big game for them to win and he replied, “Everyone needs to have a big game.”
I spoke with Coach O’Donnell before the game and asked him the same question and he said that Conroy again needed to have a big game but he needed to stay out of foul trouble.
At the end of the game I was able to ask Coach Philp one more question and I asked him after this win, what this win means for Stepinac. He said, “I’m Just happy for the kids, they played well”. This was an exciting game, and for all of you who could not make it I feel sorry for you because this game was one for the ages.
Top 2 leading scorers:
Chantz Delgado-17 pts. (3 three pointers, 5 fg’s, and 4 free throws)
Nay-Quan Bloomer-14 pts. (2 three pointers, 5 fg’s and 2 free throws)
James Chillemi-16 pts. (3 three pointers, 1 fg, and 5 free throws)