Hoop Rivals Meet: St. Vladimir's Wins Close Game in Annual Contest

22 February 2013 • Off–Campus

Basketball players from SVOTS and STOTS after hard-fought game (Photos: L. Osburn)Basketball players from SVOTS and STOTS after hard-fought game (Photos: L. Osburn)View Lindsey Osburn's photo gallery of the game

In a much anticipated match–up that had been rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy, basketball teams from St. Vladimir's and St. Tikhon's seminaries traveled to the gym at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle, NY, and competed in their annual face off. The game, a well–loved tradition between the two schools due to its atmosphere of friendly competition and goodwill, provided its usual excitement and suspense for the fans gathered to watch the action; the lead changed hands several times throughout the course of the game. When the final buzzer sounded, St. Vladimir's Seminary (SVOTS) had narrowly defeated St. Tikhon's (STOTS) 39 to 38, despite the valiant efforts of the St. Tikhon's players.SVOTS players move the ball inside while STOTS defenders guard their basketSVOTS players move the ball inside while STOTS defenders guard their basket

Fans enjoy the gameFans enjoy the game"It was a defensive game with a lower score than usual," said second–year student and player Fr. James Stevens. "This is traditionally a very close game, and though St. Tikhon's did a better job rebounding and getting easy shots in the paint, it was our perimeter presence that ultimately won the day."

Afterwards, St. Vladimir's hosted both teams for pizza and fellowship in the Germack refectory. The Seminary is grateful to Fr. Nicholas Anctil and his parishioners at Holy Trinity, for graciously hosting the game in their beautiful athletic facility.