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Monday, February 12, 2018

The 86th annual Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Division 1 boys basketball tournament hosted by Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf featured a thrilling championship between American and Marie Philip School.

86th Annual ESDAA Program Book

The championship game between American and Marie Philip was a nail-biting affair from start to end. With both teams trading baskets and going on runs, American prevailed in the end by two points, 50-48 to successfully defend their ESDAA championship from last year. Kacey Monahan of Marie Philip was named the tournament MVP. Pennsylvania topped Lexington 35-26 in the third place game and New York won 5th place with a 43-37 victory against Ohio.

2018 American BBB ESDAA D1 Champs
2018 ESDAA Boys Division 1 Champions - American School for the Deaf
(Photo courtesy of ASD Athletics)

Final Results

Friday, February 9 (Quarterfinals)
Lexington 46 Western Pennsylvania 36 - OT
Marie Philip 57 Ohio 34
Pennsylvania 54 New York 36

Saturday, February 10
American 60 Pennsylvania 42
Marie Philip 44 Lexington 26

Consolation Semifinals
Ohio 32 Western Pennsylvania 28

Sunday, February 11 (Finals)
American 50 Marie Philip 48 - Championship
Pennsylvania 54 Lexington 36 - 3rd Place
New York 43 Ohio 37 - 5th Place

Places - 1st) American 2nd) Marie Philip 3rd) Pennsylvania 4th) Lexington 5th) New York 6th) Ohio 7th) Western Pennsylvania.

Championship Game MVP - Kacey Monahan, Marie Philip

All-Tournament Team
Dylan Christoffels, Marie Philip
Robert Milone, American
Andrew Ray Taylor, American
Kyle D’Amore, Western Pennsylvania
Nasir Ford, Pennsylvania
Jaykuss Figueroa, New York
Kacey Monahan, Marie Philip
Jacob Cross, Pennsylvania
Steven Hopkins, Ohio
Jarmal Puryear, American
Steve Salmon, Lexington
Kyle Florio, Marie Philip

Joe Giordano Sportsmanship Award - Ohio
Team Free Throws - Marie Philip
Team Lay-Ups - American
Team Twenty-One - Marie Philip
Knock-Out Champion - Kyle Florio, Marie Philip
Hot-Shot Champions - Tyler Furzland, Marie Philip

The cheerleading competition on Saturday afternoon featured six schools from Lexington, Maryland, Mill Neck Manor, New York, Pennsylvania, and Western Pennsylvania. Maryland won the cheerleading competition for the second straight year followed by Lexington for second and New York for third. Yasmine Cintron of New York was recognized as the Most Valuable Cheerleader.

2018 Maryland ESDAA Cheer Champs
2018 ESDAA Cheerleading Champions - Maryland School for the Deaf
(Photo courtesy of MSD Athletics)

Places - 1st) Maryland 2nd) Lexington 3rd) New York.

Most Valuable Cheerleader - Yasmine Cintron, New York

Cheerleading All-Stars
Jordan Laikram, Lexington
Aaron Laikram, Lexington
Bianca Llorens, Mill Neck Manor
Freya Seremeth, Maryland
Thalia Guether, Maryland
Alora Johnson, New York
Manar Muatan, Pennsylvania
Xiaoli Carr, Western Pennsylvania

Spirit Award - New York
Individual Cheer - Yasmine Cintron, New York
Individual Jump - Carina Trainor, Maryland
Creative Movement - Maryland

americanAmerican -  Contributed by Athletic Director Mason Wood

American 60 Pennsylvania 42 - Semifinals

ASD raced out to a quick lead in the first period leading 19-10 but faced heavy foul trouble early. The team relied on its young starter and young bench to keep the pace the in the second quarter to maintain the lead at 34-18 for halftime.

PSD came out of halftime with a new game plan that was successful in matching up the teams evenly. ASD continued to struggle with foul troubles and the bench stepped up with critical contributions.

ASD (11-5):
Andrew Ray Taylor: 16 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocks
Jarmal Puryear: 10 points, 10 rebounds
Omar Shariff: 10 points, 5 rebonds, 9 steals

American 50 Marie Philip 48 - Championship

MPS started the game with dominating energy and took advantage of a poor shooting start by ASD to lead 8-2 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Robert Milone put the team on his back scoring eight points in the quarter to pace the Tigers cutting MPS’s lead to 25-23 at the half.

ASD changed up the game plan at halftime to take control in the third quarter outscoring MPS 12-4 in the third with Andrew Ray Taylor dominating the boards. The fourth period was a back and forth affair with both teams going on 10-0 runs. ASD was able to hold on in the end winning 50-48 over MPS for their second straight championship. The last time our school won two straight was back in 1980.

ASD (12-5):
Andrew Ray Taylor: 19 points, 24 rebounds, 8 blocks
Robert Milone: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Dylan Mallach: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist