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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Ford gets the best of Foley in Ventures' Christmas tourney final

Tis better to give than receive?

“Matt’s the youngest. He got everything he wanted growing up and he got all the calls tonight.”

That was the chuckling summation from Dave Joseph, the girls basketball coach at Bishop Foley.

His Ventures had just fallen 59-47 to Ford in the championship game of Bishop Foley’s own Christmas tournament Saturday night.

The Ford Falcons are coached by Matt Joseph, the younger brother of the Bishop Foley coach.

“Dave had to bring that up again!” exclaimed Matt Joseph, smiling. “I guess he is probably right. I am the youngest and I was probably spoiled as a kid.”

Matt Joseph’s Falcons took home all the spoils to clinch their second straight tournament championship at the Bishop Foley holiday event.

Ford (5-2) set the tone early by unleashing a full-court press that bothered the home team and helped lead the Falcons to a 31-15 halftime advantage.

To the credit of the Bishop Foley players, they continued to play hard in the second half and out-scored their guests in the final two quarters.

“We knew the press was coming,” said Dave Joseph. “That is Matt’s game. Give all credit to his kids. That press gave us trouble and in the second half every time we made a run at them, Matt’s kids would hit a three or some other important basket.”

A handful of times in the second half, Dave Joseph’s squad was about to cut the Ford lead to single digits before someone on the Falcons’ roster - usually Alex Sorgi or Renee Shelton – would drill a big-time shot to stem the Ventures’ comeback.

Shelton, a senior guard, finished with 20 points. Alex Sorgi, a junior guard, wound up with 18 points. Rachel Chriss, another junior guard, scored nine.

“I want to say I was proud of the way my girls continued to play hard,” said Dave Joseph. “It was a fun game. Matt will be the first one to say he was glad to win, but he hated to see his brother lose. I would’ve felt the same way.”

There are seven children in the Joseph family. Mike is the oldest followed in chronological order by Jan, Dave, Ray, Kathy, Paulette and Matt.

There’s a 10-year age difference between Dave, who is 60, and Matt.

“He’s the baby of the group,” said Dave Joseph.

On Sunday, the Joseph clan will gather at Dave Joseph’s house for the annual family Christmas. There will be upwards of 50 people in attendance.

That is a whole lot of gifts being exchanged.

Aside from the joking reference to his brother’s team getting all the gifts from the officials Saturday night, both coaches enjoyed the game.

“It is always fun to come in here and play against my brother,” said Matt Joseph. “We talk sports all of the time. We kid each other back and forth about who is going to win the game. “Ultimately, we love doing this and it creates great memories for us. I think the kids enjoy it as well. We talk about it with the players.”

The kids from Bishop Foley were led by senior guard Juliana Aituo, who scored 17. Renee Rischer, a junior forward, added 12 points.



UTICA FORD 59, MADISON HEIGHTS BISHOP FOLEY 47

Ford 16 15 16 12 -- 59

Bishop Foley 8 7 17 15 -- 47

FORD: Keshuna Lemos 1, Nikki Sorgi 6, Alex Sorgi 18, Rachel Chriss 9, Nikki Topping 2, Renee Shelton 20, Sarah Kaspari 3. Totals: 22 (4) 3-10 – 59.

BISHOP FOLEY: Alexis Ramierez 7, Juliana Aiuto 17, Emily Myers 2, Renee Fischer 12, Dristin Doxen 4, Carley Finegan 2, Erin Similuk 3. Totals: 18 (1) 8-13 – 47.

Last Updated: 12/22/2013 5:14:38 AM EST

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