Archbishop Stepinac High School boys basketball coach Patrick Massaroni guided the Crusaders to a historic season — one concluding with the program’s first state Federation championship with an 88-76 victory over South Shore in Glens Falls on March 24.
With the season now completed, Massaroni is turning his focus to next season when he returns two of his key players — RJ Davis and Adrian Griffin Jr. — from the 2017-2018 championship season. Both players earned all-tournament honors at the state Federation tournament.
“We will enjoy this for a little but will start preparing for next season in the coming weeks. The bar has been raised for Stepinac basketball. In three years the program went from 10 wins to 18 wins to 27 wins and a Federation title. We look forward to embracing the success, understand that we are one of the top programs in the CHSAA and build on that,” Massaroni told Catholic New York and Catholic Sports Scene.
Stepinac won its first CHSAA AA championship since 1960 with a victory over Christ the King, earning a berth at the state Federation tournament.