2 | Sunday, April 17, 2011
The Herald Press
All-Press Boys Basketball Team First Team
Borea, Rodriguez, Holmes, Siemiatkoski, Jacquo lead way as first-team selections By JOHNNY J. BURNHAM STAFF WRITER
Eli Rodriguez, Eastern
For the third consecutive year an area boys basketball team took the hardwood in March with a chance to earn a spot in a state championship contest. For the second time in that three-year stretch, that team hailed from St. Paul Catholic. The Falcons, led by their guard play, racked up a total of 19 wins and made a run deep into this year’s Division S State Tournament Chris before bowing out to top-seeded and eventual champion Valley Regional in the Borea, semifinals. While St. Paul coach Steve Phelps had St. Paul several solid players to man the Falcons backcourt, more often than not Chris Borea and Jacob Jacquo were the ones who held the keys that started the St. Paul engine. That same set of keys also opens the door to the All-Press First Team. Borea averaged 14.7 points per game, connected on 66 3-point field goals, shot 76 percent from the charity stripe, accumulated 102 steals, brought down nearly three rebounds and dished out three assists per game. The senior guard had 15 points, sevens steals, six rebounds and two assists in a second-round state tournament victory. Borea, an All-NVL Brass and All-NVL Suburban team pick, tallied as many as 28 points in a game over the course of the winter. Countless Borea baskets came off feeds from Jacquo. The Falcons point guard had seven or more assists three times on the year, averaging four per game along with 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals. Jacquo, a senior, had little trouble scoring in his own right. The speedy guard averaged 13.5 points per game and played some of his best ball in the postseason, putting up 15.7 per game, including a career-best 26 in St. Paul’s tournament win over Wamogo. Jacquo was an All-NVL Brass selection. But the Falcons weren’t the only area team led by their backcourt. Borea and Jacquo are joined on the All-Press First Team by Bristol Central guard Dan Siemiatkoski and Bristol Eastern’s multifunctional guard/forwards Eli Rodriguez and Tyrell Holmes. Two Falcons and a Kangaroo, a Lancer and a Ram were selected for All-Press Second Team honors. St. Paul guard David Shaw and forward Justin Gonazlaez, Eastern center Andre Brooks, Rams guard Sinclair Lewis and Terryville forward Matt Sterner form the Second Team. In a season that began with relatively low expectations after it had graduated nearly all of its players who contributed at the varsity level the previous year, Eastern found a way to put together another quality campaign. Both Holmes and Rodriguez certainly had a lot to do with that. Holmes consistently provided the Lancers with a big performance in big games — none of which was more memorable than his heroics in East Hartford. The Eastern senior knocked down the game-winner with just four seconds to play to provide his club the slim 70-68 win over the Hornets. That wasn’t his only clutch act. Holmes tallied 25 points to pace the Lancers past Bulkeley in mid-January, went for 16 against rival Bristol Central, put up 21 to beat Platt and punch his team’s ticket to the state tournament, and went for 18 in the opening-round win over Fitch.