VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - VVS head coach Al Knapp said at the beginning of the basketball season that this would likely be his last year and after Tuesday night's 63-61 loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the Class A Section III tournament, he hinted this was the end.
"If this is it which it very well could be, I owe it to Mr. Burton and Mr. Reid to talk to them first. If you got to go, this is the best place," Knapp said as he choked back tears. "Old soldiers never die. They just fade away. And if you got to go, The Pit is where I wanted to end it."
The Red Devils kept it close with the Jugglers, trailing 33-32 at the half and 46-45 after three quarters, then took the lead with two minutes to go. Joe Spinella was a focal point of the VVS offense, as he scored a game high 21 points.
But Joe Johnson nailed a tying jumper with just over a minute left and then the Jugglers went ahead at the free throw line. Johnson nailed four three point field goals in the game and finished with 20.
Notre Dame advances the Class A Quarterfinals and they'll travel to Whiteboro Friday night for that game, and in fact, the Warriors were in the crowd at The Pit scouting both teams.