St. Elizabeth Seton sends 2 teams to final
St. Elizabeth Seton fields two teams in the Manchester CYO High School League. The 2016 tournament for the CYO City title resulted in an exciting all-Seton final.
Seton Black matched up in the quarterfinals with St. Mary & Joseph of Salem. In a thriller, Seton went a ahead by one point on a 3-pointer by Ethan Widrig with seconds to go in the game. After Salem fouled to stop the clock and put Seton on the line, the final was Seton 45, SMJ 42, advancing Black to the semifinals.
The matchup for Seton Black in the semis was a very talented St. George team. In another incredible contest Ethan Widrig did it again. Widrig hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to tie the score sending the game in to overtime. In the OT period, Dan Johnson put Seton ahead with a final-second drive to the hoop for a one-point victory 64-63.
Seton Gold received a first-round bye in the tournament and handily defeated Manchester Boys and Girls Club 67-44 in the semifinals. Seton had 11 different players score in the game. Tyler Allen led Gold with 15 points, followed by Cory Wallace with 13. Defensive stoppers included Clay Norris, Brian Gould and Jeremy Natale.
This set up a first ever City Championship between two Seton teams at the Ross A. Lurgio gym. The game remained close throughout the first half with Gold ahead by only two after the first quarter and by only six at halftime. Gold opened up the lead to 13 points at the end of three quarters, hitting four 3-pointers in the frame. Gold ran away with it in the fourth quarter, clamping down on defense and only giving up three points, for a 52-30 final and City Championship. Seton Gold’s Jarrett Pellerin led all scorers with 23, 15 in the second half. Tyler Allen added another 14 points and was awarded the City Tournament MVP.
The win gave Seton Gold their third City Championship in a row and sixth in the last 7 years. Both Seton teams received an invitation to the State Tournament. Winners of the State Tournament advance to the CYO New England Regionals.