Defense, defense, defense has been the mantra of Holy Family’s team all season. Opposing teams have found it difficult to penetrate Holy Family’s lines led by Mike Vercollone, Ryan Turner, John Fasciani in the paint and Sean Cross, Jon Parziale, Ben Kimball and Kevin Casey in the front court. Family’s other equally tenacious line includes Matt Gabrielli, Josh Peters, Brian McPartlin, Carson Lecassee and Conor Dunphy in the paint with Pat Walsh, Steve Ripley, Anthony Umbrianna and Matt Antaya covering the front court.

Defense, defense, defense has been the mantra of Holy Family’s team all season. Opposing teams have found it difficult to penetrate Holy Family’s lines led by Mike Vercollone, Ryan Turner, John Fasciani in the paint and Sean Cross, Jon Parziale, Ben Kimball and Kevin Casey in the front court. Family’s other equally tenacious line includes Matt Gabrielli, Josh Peters, Brian McPartlin, Carson Lecassee and Conor Dunphy in the paint with Pat Walsh, Steve Ripley, Anthony Umbrianna and Matt Antaya covering the front court.{sidebar id=4}

In the championship game, Holy Family faced an equally skilled defensive opponent, Holy Ghost of Whitman. Early on Ghost came out strong taking it to Family’s defense and scoring nine points in the first quarter, while holding Family’s offense to just two points. With one of Family’s centers picking up four quick fouls, things seemed a little grim. Family then started to settle down, dig in and play the kind of defense that champions are made of. For the next five minutes Family completely shut down  Whitman’s offense holding them scoreless.holy-family-basketball.jpg

Early on the defense on both sides was pretty with neither team getting good looks at the basket. Whitman retreated into their paint in the second half  allowing Family’s Pat Walsh to hit two (three-pointers) and Anthony Umbrianna to hit one (three pointer). At the half, Family led 25-15.{sidebar id=1}

In the second half, Ghost came out strong using their full-court press and switching from a zone to man defense that slowed Family’s offense and confused their guards. Family began moving the ball  through the Whitman press and scoring with their fast transition offense increasing their lead to 42-28.

With five minutes left, Ghost put on a fantastic final effort hitting four three-pointers and closing the gap 49-42. This would be the last points that Ghost would score, as Family’s ball control was deft in eating up valuable seconds and forcing Ghost to foul.

Duxbury hit enough free throws to bring it to 52-42 which was the final score and thereby securing Holy Family’s first championship.

Coaches Jerry Dugre and Vin Parziale congratulate the Holy Family and the Holy Ghost teams for their competitive spirit, hard work and sportsmanship and for a great season.

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