This is Jermaine Dennis’ story on Albertus Magnus’ win over Sacred Heart.
With the regular season drawing near to the end, Albertus Magnus and coach Pat McFadden recognize their room for error is slim.
Defeating visiting Sacred Heart of Yonkers 55-50 on Sunday was the Falcons’ first step to remain hopeful of the postseason.
The win is momentarily satisfying for the boys basketball team, and McFadden is reserving the right to celebrate any wins, knowing there’s more basketball to be played.
“We are excited to come out with the win,” McFadden said. “But we know we have a lot more wood to chop moving forward.”
Albertus Magnus (3-9) started the game slowly, an issue the Falcons have dealt with throughout the season. Sacred Heart opened the game on an 8-0 run and forced McFadden to use two timeouts in the first four minutes.
“We had to regroup and we did,” McFadden said. “A few times this game, we bent but didn’t break to the pressure, and that’s something we can take from this game.”
The Falcons played without their leading scorer and rebounder, Owen Lorenz, for the second consecutive game due to a sprained ankle. Freshman point guard Justin Bullock stepped up in Lorenz’s absence with 12 points —10 of them coming in the fourth quarter.
David Garcia led the team with 16 points, and Christian Conklin added 15. Nick Bernardone finished with nine points for the Falcons, including 6 for 6 from the free-throw line.
“I think we showed some poise down the stretch, and we could’ve crumbled but we didn’t,” McFadden said.
“We know we need more wins to get into the playoffs.”
Best of the rest: Francesco Scioscia scored 18 points in Hastings’ 58-44 win over host Keio.
Albertus Magnus 55, Sacred Heart 50
Hastings 58, Keio 44
Bishop Loughlin 78, Stepinac 53