Celebration

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By: Connor Lenahan

Let’s take a second to acknowledge what has happened in the past 48 hours for Boston University and Abington Heights in basketball.

Last night the Abington Heights boys team won their third consecutive district championship by straight up embarrassing Pittston Area 67-28. That’s not a typo. They came one free throw away from winning that game by forty points. These guys are incredible. They’re currently sitting at 25-1 (again, no typo) on their way to the state tournament where they are poised to be in contention for the state title. They’re led by JC Show, a great friend and terrifyingly good basketball player. He’s going to be suiting up for Bucknell next year, which makes it hard to sleep calmly at night when he drops 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists in a game. These guys are going places.

Then, earlier this afternoon, I announced the regular season finale for the BU women’s team against Holy Cross. It was awesome. Already high on emotion because it was senior day for Rashidat Agboola, Whitney Turner, Danielle Callahan, and Melissa Gallo, the game was an absolute nail biter. BU ended up storming back from a 9 point deficit at the half to win 67-65. The crowd was electric, the players were pumped up, I was losing my mind behind the mic. It was terrific. Sadly, it appeared that Emily Parker, a Holy Cross forward, suffered a severe knee injury in the final moments of the game. Having been through many leg injuries myself, I wanted to take a minute to wish all the best to Emily and I hope that I have assumed the worst when in reality the injury is nothing significant. That said, I’m proud of our girls for pulling through and grabbing a huge win heading into the Patriot League tournament.

Later in the afternoon, the Abington Heights girls sadly fell to Scranton Prep in the district championship game. I guess things can’t go exactly perfect in terms of wins across the board for both of my schools. However, even in a loss, these girls are still winners. The fact they were in the championship at all was unbelievable. They came into the tournament as the 6th seed and upset Holy Redeemer (2nd seed) in double overtime to advance to the championship game. The sweetest part of that double OT victory? Regardless of the outcome the girls had clinched a berth to the state tournament. I’m so proud of these girls, who I was lucky enough to announce again over my winter break (along with our dominant guys team), for banding together and pulling off a few upsets to make states.

Finally, after the BU women’s team finished up their game, I began checking my phone to follow the BU men’s team in their regular season finale at Holy Cross. As always, they kept things tight. I started minority panicking late in the game when I read that we were up 2 with 8.7 seconds to go. After DJ “Ice” Irving hit two free throws to clinch the win a few seconds later, I started celebrating like the Berlin Wall was coming down again. My boys are here in Boston for the entire Patriot League tournament. They got one step closer to their goal of a Patriot League title and NCAA tournament bid today. I couldn’t be happier.

So there was success across the board. It’s time to be happy. It’s time to celebrate. See you tomorrow for Oscars coverage, I’m heading out to celebrate with my teams up here in Boston, and late next week I’m celebrating with my teams back in Clarks Summit. Deuces.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be contacted at lenahan@bu.edu