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Saint Brigid's Hoop Champs
By Kevin Devlin

     On Thursday evening, March 23, the Niners eked out a 4-point victory against the Celtics, 42-38, to capture the 2006 Saint Brigid’s CYO basketball house league championship.

     The Niners led 12-5 after the first period and realized a precarious 19-17 advantage at the break. With 6:28 to go in the third period, the Niners went on a 6-0 run to take a 25-19 lead, but the Celtics responded with their own 6-0 run to tie the game. In the fourth period, the seesaw battle continued as the Niners came back and went on another 6-0 run to take a 33-27 lead. And guess what happened then? The Celtics revved it up and ran off an 8-0 run, to take a 35-33 lead, with 4:48 left to play in the season. 

     Now, it was the Niners turn to respond to the challenge and they did. Coach Jackie Flemming’s squad went on a yet another (third of the game) 6-0 run, to take a 39-33 lead, which would be enough to bring home the championship trophy.

     Niners forward Matt “The Scoring Machine” Greeley had another tremendous game as he netted 21 points and spearheaded the offense. Mike MacDonald had a handful of rebounds and scored six points, while Steve McCarthy had a real good game and scored four points.

     For the Celtics, forward Jackie Higgins, another veritable scoring machine, finished with 21 points, 14 in the fourth quarter. Brian Walsh had five points while Liam Donovan and Mike Ventresca scored four points each.

     Coach Jackie Flemming was pleased how his team hung in against the gritty and talented Celtics, and happy he finished his coaching career at Saint Brigid’s with a championship.

     “We have been to the finals four straight years,” said Coach Flemming. “I’m glad I can finish on a high note. And, what can I say about my players. These kids played hard all season long and deserved to be the champs in the end.”

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