The Borromeo College Seminary Philosophers and Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology Theologians met in a friendly rivalry Nov. 30 on the basketball court at the Center for Pastoral Leadership.
At stake were bragging rights for the seminarians’ annual winter classic basketball game. Saint Mary’s won the last two contests and was hoping to make it a three-peat, but the Borromeo Philosophers pushed ahead and won the game in overtime by a score of 56-52.
Borromeo dominated the first three quarters and took an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter. However, with some fourth quarter heroics from Deacon David Stavarz, Cameron Popik, and Jim Winings, Saint Mary’s was able to tie the game and force a three-minute overtime. That’s when Borromeo’s Xavier MacFarlane, Anthony Donatelli, and Andrew Karpinski were able to come up with 2 points each, giving the Philosophers the advantage and the victory.
Notable standout for Saint Mary’s was Deacon Stavarz with 21 points — 17 of which were in the second half. For Borromeo, leading scorers were Andrew Karpinski with 10 points and Xavier MacFarlane with 9 points.
The game began with an opening prayer by Father Mark Latcovich, president-rector of Borromeo and Saint Mary seminaries. He walked directly down the center of the court, careful to not favor one seminary over the other.
The national anthem was sung by Borromeo senior Michael Garvin. Saint Mary’s pre-theologian Will Wainio announced the players, each with his own nickname, and offered play-by-play commentary. Lindsay Fullerman kept the score card with the help of James Parisi.
The game drew a big crowd, filling the CPL gym with parents, family, and friends of the seminarians. There also was a concession stand for snacks and drinks that was run by seminarians.
At the conclusion of the game, after both teams shook hands, Deacon Stavarz led the players and the crowd in a closing prayer, thanking God for the opportunity to play basketball together. The crowd stuck around after the game to socialize in the gym with the seminarians.