Shamrock Hoops York Holiday Tournament Roundup
Greg Swiderski ’72
How important is Bryant Handley to the St. Patrick’s basketball defense.
Ask coach Mike Bailey.
“Bryant plays ahead of our ’31’ defense,” said Bailey. “He plays it very well. I think he’s one of the best defenders in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. He’s got some length and he’s a competitor.”
Handley showed his defensive prowess at the recently conclude Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York High School.
Handley was credited with 16 steals in the four games. He also scored 43 points, dished out 10 assists, and pulled down 16 rebounds.
“I take pride in the way I play defense,” said Handley. “I play has hard as I can. I like when I get a steal that we can get a fast break basket from it. My confidence has grown as a player. I give my teammates a lot of credit in helping me.”
Handley at 6 foot 4 currently is interested on Concordia University and Barry University in Miami, FL. After graduation he is looking to study real estate or sports management.
“Somehow I want to still stay in the game somehow,” said Handley.
“Bryant has really matured as a person,” said Bailey. “He was with us for his first two years. He moved to Westchester and attended St. Joseph his junior year. After they closed he wanted to come back to St. Pat’s.
His best basketball is still in front of him. I think he’s going to be a good college basketball player no matter where he goes.”
Handley is comfortable in his second stint at St. Pat’s.
“Coach Bailey and the other coaches have helped me develop by game by stressing to me to be patient,” said Handley. “He’s taught me to look at the bigger picture.
Every home game we play there’s always a lot of support. The teachers, the administration, and the student body are always right behind us.”
The York Holiday Tournament Roundup
This year’s York Tournament may have had the strongest field and top notch players in years.
St. Patrick came out of the tourney 2-2 playing some of the better teams in the Chicago area and are now 9-5 overall..
The Shamrocks started out against Minooka and trailed 39-38 going into the last quarter. St. Pat’s turned on the jets in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Indians 22-10 to come away with a 60-49 win.
Timaris Brown led the offense with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Adorno chipped in 14 points. Bryant Handley scored 11 points to go with 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists. The ‘Rocks had 10 steals for the game.
Next up was the state’s top rated team in Glenbard West. The Hilltopper’s huge line-up was a tough matchup as well as their outside shooting.
Glenbard West featuring five Division 1 players led 27-3 after one quarter and coasted to a 67-40 win.
Adorno had 9 points and Handley scored 8 points and picked up 5 more steals.
“Glenbard West is the best team we have had to play since I came to St.Pat’s,” said Bailey.
Next up came Batavia who came away with a hard earned 46-43 win.
Down six points at half time and 10 in the third quarter the Shamrocks rallied to tie the game at 37 forcing the overtime.
A few tough breaks and a 3 pt basket by Bulldogs guard Trent Tousana with second remaining in the overtime was the difference maker.
On the final day of the tournament, St. Patrick had to come back at 10:00 am to face a loaded Tinley Park Titans team.
Trailing 30-20 at halftime, the ‘Rocks started the quarter with a 12-0 run for 32-30 lead. From there the Shamrocks used 17 of 18 free throws to seal a 67-60 win.
“I was happy for the players after that win against Tinley Park,” said Bailey. “He had to come back early after losing a heartbreaker to Batavia. We played well and competed.”
Brown had an outstanding game with 21 points, 11 rebounds, to go with 3 assists and 3 steals.
Handley scored 15 points, Adorno had 13 points and Sergio Rivera 10 points. St. Pat’s had 11 steals and 15 assists.
With a reschedule of the game at Joliet Catholic that was to be played Jan. 4, the Shamrocks next game will be Friday Jan. 7 versus Marian Central from Woodstock. On Saturday Jan. 8 St. Patrick will take part in the Steve Papas Shootout against Loyola.
Tuesday Jan. 11, a rugged Marian Catholic squad will bring in a talented team to face the Shamrocks at 7 pm.