Game Summaries & Headlines.
By Danny Torres
BRONX - If you was one of those diehard Hayes’ fans who traveled to Mount St. Michael to catch the 2018 Archdiocesan tournament finale against Archbishop Stepinac (22-5), you definitely had a strong feeling that this team could actually win this game.
Anything can happen.
Granted both teams split their respective matchups during the 2017-2018 regular-season but the Cardinals (20-7) were also riding a seven-game winning streak. And let’s not forget the second-half heroics of Joe Toussaint ‘19 who continues to show why he is one of the elite stars in the CHSAA “AA” division.
But as the old adage goes, “All good things must come to an end.”
Toussaint would drop 14 first half points but would eventually foul out of the game in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
Although Tyrese Williams ‘18 netted 20 points (including three 3-pointers) and Jontai Williams ‘18 scored 12 points, Coach Lods had to eventually rely on a gritty bench in the second half.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals couldn’t get the job done.
Stepinac dominated for most of the entire game and even at one juncture were ahead by 19 points. But something can also be said about the Cardinals. Even a middle-aged fan from the Bronx, sporting a sleek, grey suit, was seated beside me in the bleachers, was quick to point out to those who were close by:
“This team got a lot of fight left in them.”
If the Cardinals wish for their 20-win season to have a happy ending and look to defend their “AA” crown, come March 4 in the CHSAA “AA” quarter-finals at Fordham University, they must bring that fighting spirit for the next three games.
It’s simple: Win or Go Home.