The Constitution Generals’ experience seemed to be too much for the young Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers in the PIAA 2A Boys Championship on Tuesday, March 27. Constitution won 81-71 to claim their fourth state title. The Chargers have a young, promising team, but no seniors, while the Generals have eight.
Although the Generals have a lot of upperclassmen, it was sophomore Keshaun Hammonds that led the way for them. He may be young, but he has experience in this spot before. Hammonds started for Coach Robert Moore in last year's state title game loss. He was the only freshman to start for Coach Robert Moore and he came back this year with vengeance, doing it all for the Generals. He finished with 23 points, shot 4-for-8 from deep and had an efficient 9-for-14 all around. He also grabbed five boards and four steals. Hammonds got off to a quick 16 points in the first half, and although he slowed down a little in the second half, his presence was felt. He came through with clutch shots late in the game when the Chargers were trying to creep back.
The Chargers did keep it close for most of the game, especially the first half. They were only down five going into half. It was a big part due to freshman Dante Spadafora's performance. He got off to a hot start shooting. He finished with 13 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers. Constitution found a way to silence him in the second half. He did not score a point and was no longer a problem for the Generals.
“I think he kinda tired out a little. If he would have made those same types of shots in the second half, we could have been in trouble,” Coach Moore says about the play of Spadafora.
Junior Ricco Tate also contributed for the Charger with 14 points, but junior Austin Wigley led the way with 25 points; however, it just was not enough. The Chargers mustered up an 8-0 run late in the game to give them some momentum, but Constitution found a way to overcome it for another state title.
“What felt really great was being able to close out the game. It has been our weakness at times,” Constitution Coach Robert Moore says about their win. They were not able to close out a couple games this season, but Coach Moore was very excited they could for this one.
Although the Chargers have a bright future with young talent, the present belongs to the Generals.