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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The entire year, teams have keyed on Albertus Magnus’ stars Tyler Sayre and Pat McGuinness. The two were huge in last year’s championship run and were the main reasons that Albertus Magnus was able to take home the Gold Ball.
But as the year progressed, other teams quickly learned about Jack Sullivan. The sharp-shooting guard became an instant weapon and teams no longer had to prepare for just Sayre and McGuinness, but for Sullivan too.
“I think Jack is no longer under the radar,” McFadden said. “He plays both ends of the floor and his tank is never empty. I think he’s had a tremendous year; he’s such a competitor and been a real pleasure to coach.”
In Albertus Magnus’ 66-48 win over Dobbs Ferry in the Section 1 Class B championship on Saturday, Sullivan proved again that he belongs in the elite class. The junior poured in a game-high 22 points – 14 in the first half – and grabbed seven rebounds to help power the Falcons to their second straight sectional championship.
“They slowed down Tyler a little in the first half; he’s been playing so well they sort of had to key on him,” Sullivan said. “That gave me and Patty and Arnell some opportunities. I was just open and hitting shots.”
Sullivan and McGuinness made the all-tournament team while Sayre took home the game’s MVP. Sayre finished with 12 points and seven rebounds while McGuinness added 14 points, six assists and four rebounds.
“I had a big game on Wednesday, so we figured they’d be trying to take me out of it,” Sayre said. “We needed someone to step up big and Jack did that all night.”
Dobbs Ferry struggled at times with star sophomore forward Eric Paschall missing the game due to a suspension. Paschall had to sit out after receiving two technical fouls in Dobbs Ferry’s semifinal game. New York state rules require any player ejected from a game must sit out the next.
However, Dobbs Ferry coach Scott Patrillo says that Paschall’s absence was no excuse.
“We knew who we were going with today; the guys who we had that were able to play,” Patrillo said. “I never worried about these guys losing faith… It didn’t matter how late in the game it was, they guys were still playing. They’ll never give up, they’ll never lie down; they’ll never stop playing.”
Dobbs Ferry guard Eddie Ritch made the all-tournament team, scoring 12 points in the championship. Forward Thomas Fleming scored 13 points and had four rebounds and Nick Kost added seven points.
After the game, the Albertus Magnus players turned their attention to the upcoming regional semifinals. The Falcons were knocked out of last year’s state tournament with a loss to Burke Catholic and will meet Burke Catholic again Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Mt. St. Mary’s.
The Falcons will certainly be looking for payback.
“That’s been driving us since our first scrimmage; losing to Burke last year,” Sayre said. “Getting another shot at them is a lot of extra motivation in practice this week.”