Monday’s boys basketball game between Saint James and St. Maria Goretti was second to none this year of any game I have covered when it came to student body enthusiasm.
It was the Independent-Parochial School League championship game at Goretti, which was won 57-49 by Saint James.
While the game was a model of past hotly-contested games in the rivalry, it was a dead heat in the stands.
The Goretti contingent of students was there early, chanting and hollering.
A swarm of about 75 students from Saint James came rolling through the doors about 10 minutes before tipoff, swelling the stands behind the Saints’ bench.
The night was just what you like to see … good basketball and a packed house.