Game Summaries & Headlines.
By Danny Torres ‘84
BRONX – Sometimes when you’re watching an uptempo sport, your head is moving quickly from left to right and you can’t seem to close your eyes for a brief moment.
Between these two Bronx schools, that’s what occurred inside the Cardinal Hayes gymnasium against their crosstown rivals Monsignor Scanlan (6-6, 5-2). Although the Cardinals (10-2, 8-2) would go on to win their 10th game of the regular season, one dynamic player on the Hayes’ starting squad was playing on full cylinders.
Not only did senior point guard Joe Toussaint ‘19 score an impressive 34 points, but he also had an explosive and determined look on his unassuming face.
At a lean 6’0” and 175 lbs, Toussaint came to win and wanted to literally shut down Scanlan single-handedly.
In the first quarter, it was all Joe Toussaint who provided 13 points for the Cardinals who jumped to an early 21-10 lead.
In the second quarter, Scanlan would hold the Cardinals to only nine points and make this matchup a bit more interesting as the first half concluded with Hayes up 30-26.
Although the third quarter would feature a nice under-the-basket shot by 6’7” center Shemani Fuller '20 to push the Cardinals to a 10 point lead, it was the last-second three by - you guessed it – Joe Toussaint that ended the quarter with Hayes up 50-37.
But let’s face it: good games (correction) exciting, basketball games are played in the final quarter. And Scanlan did provide a few hiccups for the Cardinals.
What made the final quarter rather exciting was the alley-oop pass to Shemani Fuller, sophomore guard Jaylen Murray’s pivotal three-pointer and timely free-throws, a crucial steal by Jalen Smith '20 with less than two minutes in the fourth quarter, and Julien Sourmaro '20 and Joe Toussaint who combined for 12 points at the free-throw line.
For the Cardinals, it was literally a fourth quarter blitz that provided a glimpse of what their fan base can possibly experience down the stretch.
This proved to be an exciting 76-63 victory for the Cardinals who only have two home games remaining on their tough, upcoming schedule.