|Hart Club Defeats McDonough Club
Slick guard Sean Skerry hits baseline jumper to give his team a thrilling 30-29 victory
On Tuesday evening, February 14, the Senator Jack Hart Club eked out a one-point victory, 30-29, against the Jack McDonough Club at the famed Gate of Heaven Hall.
Sean Skerry was the star of the game as he swished a baseline jumper during the waning seconds of the championship tilt to give Coach “Honest” Ed McLaughlin and Assistant Coach Steve Rehm the 2005-2006 Gate of Heaven midget house league championship.
The Hart Club had an 8-3 lead after the first quarter and then was faced with a precarious 11-10 advantage at the break. Coach McLaughlin’s midget hoopsters took their biggest lead of the game, 24-17, with 6:22 left in the season and it appeared as if it might turn into a rout.
But, Coach Sean Monahan’s troops wouldn’t pack it in as they cut the deficit late in the fourth quarter, and tied it up, 28-28. Now, the game was up for grabs. Every pass, every shot, every move, every miscue was crucial to the game. Then, with only seconds left on the game clock, slick and quick guard, Sean “The Quiet Man” Skerry dribbled down the court, and hit the game-winning baseline jumper. He didn’t smile when he hit this crucial shot but he did know that it was the biggest shot of the game.
For the McDonough Club, Matt Morris was great on the offensive end as he netted 12 points, and Matt “Neezo” Nee finished his midget career with 8 points. Matt Flaherty had four points, while Greg “The Rebound Man” had a deuce and a handful of boards. Newcomer Paul Goslin also had a great defensive game, registering four steals.
For the new champs, the Hart Club, Brian Fitzgerald was simply tremendous, netting 12 points and spearheading his team’s offense. Sean Skerry and Matt Prokop added four points apiece.
It was a tremendous game enjoyed by all those who came to watch it at the famed Gate of Heaven Hall. Dedicated and hard-working Midget House Basketball League Commissioner Sean Monahan thought it was a great ending to an incredibly competitive season.
“How exciting was that championship game?” queried Monahan. “These kids on both clubs played their hearts out. Everyone played well and improved their game skills since the beginning of the season. These were the two top teams in the league and they showed us a good brand of solid, smart, intense basketball.
“ I would also like to say that we are so fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers,” added Monahan. “There are so many good coaches, too many to mention right now, that help out, week after week, to teach these kids the fundamentals of the game. I’m proud of the kids. And I’m proud, as well as thankful, to all of the adults who are totally committed to this program.”