DeWitt A handful of basketball stars from Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Grimes were on hand for last weekend’s Basketball Coaches Association of New York Tournament in Johnson City, near Binghamton – and three of them returned home with gold medals.
As a replacement for the canceled Empire State Games, the BCANY put together a tournament, held last week at SUNY-Binghamton, with top boys and girls teams from each of the state’s regions.
CBA teammates Michelle Wiese and Marisa Romeo, along with Grimes’ Amelia Heiselman, made a loaded Central New York girls team that featured Breanna Stewart, who was just days removed from leading the United States team to the Under-19 FIBA World Championship in Chile.
Together, CNY crushed Southern Tier 98-27 in the opener as Stewart, with 31 points, outscored the entire opposition. Then it beat Capital District 84-63 as Heiselman picked up 11 points, Wiese got eight points and seven assists and Romeo five points.
When CNY held off Rochester District 73-70 late on Saturday, it clinched a spot in the gold-medal game, Heiselman hitting a pair of 3-pointers as Wiese and Romeo each got a single field goal, with Stewart earning 23 points and Cortland’s Maggie Brown adding 21 points.
To cap it off, in Sunday’s final against Hudson Valley CNY won again 94-84 to earn the title. Heiselman hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points overall, while Wiese put up nine points and Romeo contributed eight points. Stewart amassed 35 points, 22 rebounds, seven blocks and four assists.
Meanwhile, Bishop Grimes’ Casey Evans played for the CNY men’s squad, which saw its chance for a gold ruined by its opening loss to Southern Tier. But it beat Capital District 104-57 and handled Rochester 92-84 as Evans, in the first of these games, earned 11 points.
So CNY faced Hudson Valley for the bronze medal, and in an overtime classic CNY pulled out an 89-84 victory, though Evans did not record a basket. South Jefferson star Tom Bassett led the winning side with 28 points.