Game Summaries & Headlines.
By Danny Torres ‘84
MINEOLA – ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, I decided to leave my warm house in Queens and yet wondered should I travel to Long Island in the snow to watch the Cardinals (5-2) face Chaminade (3-1) in a non-league game?
With the house completely decorated and my shopping complete, I thought with someone else driving it made perfect sense to cover the Cardinals on a wintry, Friday night.
After defeating Woodrow Wilson (DC) and Charlotte Christian (NC) during a highly competitive Gonzaga DC Classic, Hayes arrived back in the Bronx feeling extremely confident entering the 2017-2018 season.
Because of the inclement weather, the Cardinals arrived late for their 7:30pm tip-off and I already began to imagine how the defending CHSAA “AA” champions would enter the gymnasium to compete against the Flyers.
The last time Hayes played at Chaminade was December 19, 2015 and they narrowly defeated the Flyers 64-63.
I could tell you this: The basketball literally flew out of the Flyers’ hands as Chaminade dropped an impressive 12 three-pointers (including the game-winner with .6 seconds remaining on the shot clock) to beat Hayes by a score of 65-62.
“I thought Chaminade played harder than us, they played better than us and I thought they were better coached tonight. We don’t have any excuses and Chaminade played better than we did,” said Coach Lods outside the locker room.
For the Cardinals, there really weren’t any bright spots until the final quarter of the game where Hayes tried to make a final push to squeeze out a victory.
But with senior guard Jontai Williams only scoring five points, numerous missed shots by the entire starting five and not able to put a stop to the lethal “treys’ that Chaminade showcased, Hayes would take their first regular season loss and look towards their away game against Mount Saint Michael on Tuesday.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fine play of Jaylen Murray, a talented Freshman who connected with 14 points and along with Terrence “TJ” Reaves (9 points) provided a much-needed jolt from the bench.
Coach Lods has always been a staunch defender of his top players and yet this particular game they simply came up a bit short.
“You lean on your top players and sometimes that happens but that’s why you have a team. You expect other guys to step up and some guys did. We fought our way back into it. We were tied with the ball. What else can you ask for? We’ve gotten so many breaks over the course of the last couple of years and I can’t get down when the breaks don’t go my way,” said Lods matter-of-factly.