The SNY Invitational trophy received’t be staying in New York Metropolis this yr after Cardinal Hayes fell to Lengthy Island Lutheran 76-57 Saturday afternoon within the match finale at Metropolis School.
“Their dimension was a bit of an excessive amount of for us at the moment,” Hayes head coach Joe Lods stated.
It began so nicely for Hayes. The Cardinals got here out firing and had a 22-14 first quarter lead with senior guard Jontai Williams chipping in 13 of these factors. It appeared like Williams — and never Lutheran guard Tyson Etienne — would go away Nat Holman Gymnasium with MVP honors.
However Lutheran switched gears within the second quarter and a 10-Zero run gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Lutheran guard Andre Curbelo discovered Donatas Kupsas for 3 straight layups throughout that spurt.
Hayes wound up being outscored 25-Eight in that second quarter.
“We simply couldn’t recover from the hump and get to the place we would have liked to go,” Lods stated.
Hayes spent the remainder of the sport taking part in catch up however by no means actually threatened Lutheran’s lead, one main purpose being a gentle circulate of turnovers. Lods’ workforce turned the ball over 20 instances through the course of the sport.
After the sport, when Etienne’s title was introduced as Invitational MVP, a glance of shock crossed the junior guard’s face. It was a stark distinction to his teammates, who instantly mobbed their level guard in celebration.
“This weekend wasn’t considered one of my finest offensive weekends,” Etienne stated. “I didn’t shoot the ball too nicely however I believe my workforce helped me. It was a collective effort.”
It was Etienne’s calming presence that helped him earn an honor that the likes of Lance Stephenson and Khadeen Carrington have been awarded previously. Etienne completed the Invitational tied for essentially the most minutes performed by a Lutheran participant and scored 16 and 15 factors, respectively, by the 2 video games.
Whereas Etienne and Lutheran head again to Lengthy Island with some new silverware, Lods is assured his workforce might be simply wonderful going ahead.
“The (Cardinals are) resilient and we might be again,” he stated.
Within the comfort sport, Hudson Catholic defeated Archbishop Molloy, 83-64.
HC’s Jahvon Quinerly led all scorers with 37 factors and pitched in seven assists.
Molloy’s Cole Anthony notched 17 factors a day after scoring 34 in Molloy’s semifinal loss to Hudson Catholic.