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Christ the Divine Teacher Academy fights to finish in Diocese title game

Members of the Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy varsity basketball team gather with the head coach of the St. Vincent baskeball team prior to their championship game.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Christ the Divine Teacher Academy varsity boys basketball team made it to the Catholic Diocese title game for the second consecutive season, but fell short to St. Joseph 53-40.

St. Joseph got off to a fast start and CDTCA never recovered.

However, Coach Phil McGivney reflected upon the season after the tough loss.

“Our team played with heart all season and still believed that we could win the game in the final minutes — a true testament to their resilience and will to win,” he said.

The team was led by Matt Iannuzzi's 21 points and Jack Rielly's 10 points.

Thomas Quinlan chipped in with two 3-pointers, giving him a season high 101 three-pointers.

McGivney also thought that the support the team received from the school and the community was unbelievable.

The coach said that about 75 percent of the gym at Central Catholic High School was filled with the CDTCA faithful.

“Our fans were sensational and the boys really fed off of them,” McGivney said.

The future for the squad looks bright as the junior varsity boys team made it to the Final Four and had a record of 23-6.

“All in all, a great run for our eighth-graders, but I am very optimistic and excited about the future of Panther basketball,” McGivney said.

The eighth-graders ended up with a two-year record of 57-17.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or

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