The 5th Grade Boys White team improved to 7-0 with a convincing 42-24 victory on Sunday over St. Aloysius in Caldwell. The Celtics used their pressure defense to build a 16 point lead in the first half. St. Al's battled back but the game was never in doubt. The Celtics were led by Kieran Dawkins and Steven Copeland. Dawkins had 16 points including a 3 pointer and several other jumpers and driving baskets. Steven Copeland added a 3 pointer as well as 3 baskets inside on offensive rebounds. 9 Celtics players scored in the contest, overwhelming the opponent with excellent outside shooting. Harrison Zabik and Flynn Larson each scored on fast break opportunities. Colby Twyman tallied 3 steals and drove for a layup following one of his steals. Luke Davenport drained a sweet jumper in the 1st quarter. Chris Severe had 5 points on a pull-up jumper and an old-fashioned three point play on a tough drive to the basket. Will Walsh sank a mid-range jumper to round out the scoring. Jerry Browne added 5 rebounds to help the Celtics contain the inside presence of St. Al's.
The St. Joseph Celtics JV 6th Grade girls moved to 6-1 on the season with a 33-9 victory over St. Teresa-Summit. Another impressive team defensive effort led the way for the Celtics, with Rory Weldon, Megan Driscoll, Emile Clitus, Catherine Holt and Kate Driscoll playing excellent defense throughout the game. Talia Baptiste led all scorers with 14, with Summer Lonning also in double figures with 10 points. Amelia Lisco contributed 4 points, Hannah Straub and Susanna Knutsen each scored two, and Paloma Duvergne chipped in one point to round out the Celtics scoring.
On Sunday afternoon, JV 6 Red Boys Meola beat Holy Trinity Marceau at St. Joe’s 42 to 21. John Wisniewski led the scoring with 15, John Pirone contributed 7, Henry Aaron and Grayson Thompson each had 6, Declan Cavanaugh had 4, and Cian O’Connor and Will Schlageter each had a bucket. Pirone got the team off to a strong start with a defensive rebound on the first play of the game and went the length of the court for a layup. In the second quarter, O’Connor had a beautiful 6 foot jumper. Also, in the 2nd, Wisniewski had a steal, turned and drove the court for a beautiful 6 foot floater. Early in the third quarter, Will Spreeman on an inbounds play had a laser pass to Wisniewski who completed a gorgeous layup. Justin DeVomecourt powered his way to four rebounds and two steals and Conor Cavanaugh played his signature tough defense and cost the opposition a few turnovers.
The 7th Grade Varsity White Boys won an overtime thriller on Saturday over St. Helen's in Westfield. The game was close throughout but the Celtics used a strong 3rd quarter to erase a 4 point deficit and build a 7 point lead. But, excellent shooting by St. Helen's brought them back in the game quickly and had a lead late in the contest. But, Nicholas Alexander came up with a critical steal that helped the Celtics tie the game and send it to overtime. The Celtics outscored St. Helen's in OT to take home a hard-fought 45-43 victory. Mike Pirone tallied 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists for the Celtics. Brendan Dawkins added 12 points and sunk a big three-pointer and 4 free throws late in the game. William Walsman got out on the fast break for 2 layups and Nicholas Alexander added 3 points to along with his crucial steal. Max Larson converted a basket in the first quarter. Liam Laskowski contributed strong play at guard and Danny Guarnieri and Owen Holt battled inside against the taller opponent. The Cetlics are now 6 and 2 in league play and have won their last 4 league games.
St. Joseph's Celtics 8th Grade boys defeated St. Helen's by a score of 37-26 on Saturday when Alex Werbaneth led all scorers with 15, Gabriel Augustin had 8, Nico Reyes added 6, while Point guard Buchi Amobi had 6, and Jude Michael 4. Fellow teammates Javier Casella, Ryan Barrett, Ryan Nnoli and James Machado all contributed to the victory.
On Sunday, the 8th grade boys traveled to Westfield to face yet another St. Helen's squad, this time going down in defeat 41-32, leaving their record at 5-4 in UCCYO play. After falling behind 14-0, the Celtics employed a pressure defense which eventually brought the deficit to 4 points, but St. Helens utilized a four corner slowdown, forcing the Celtics to foul as time ran out on their hopes of winning four in a row. Coach Jurgens Bauer had this to say, "Although we dug ourselves into a hole early, our boys did a good job climbing back. I'm proud of them. I think they'd like to face this team again in the playoffs."