McKee/Staten Island Tech’s and Tottenville’s seasons came to an abrupt halt Thursday night as both teams suffered playoff losses in their respective PSAL divisions.
The Seagulls, who lost star player Adonis Rodriguez in the second half, dropped a 62-52 PSAL AA decision to Eagle Academy on the road, while the Pirates never could recover from a 17-0 deficit and dropped a 65-54 decision to host Murry Bergtraum in the A playoffs.
Eagle Academy 62, MSIT 52
The Seagulls, the No. 9 seed, trailed the No. 8 seed 30-25 at the half in the Bronx, but when Rodriguez, a junior, went down with an injury in the third quarter it marked the end for Charlie Donohue’s club.
After all, Rodriguez, who had seven points up until his departure, is the team’s leading scorer and MSIT in general was having trouble putting the ball in the hoop.
Still, MSIT only trailed 43-35 at the end of three quarters and stayed within striking distance in the fourth quarter, but the Gulls couldn’t get over the hump.
Sophomore Masiah Gilyard (10 points) was the only Seagull to score in double figures.
The Seagulls finished with an 18-8 overall record, losing their lost four games.
Bergtraum 65, Tottenville 54
The No. 2 seed jumped out to a 17-0 lead and led by 17 at the half in Manhattan, but the Pirates didn’t go easy.
Coach Kevin Alesi’s club pulled within 43-39 at one point in the third quarter, but wound up trailing 49-41 at the end of the third.
But Bergtraum didn’t allow any big Pirate runs in the final quarter and salted away the win.
“We missed a couple of open jumpers and foul shots, but (Bergtraum) was by far our toughest opponent of the year,” said Alesi, whose club finished with an 11-15 overall mark. ” We battled and I couldn’t be more proud of our guys. I’m excited to get back in the gym in a couple weeks and prepare for next season.”