Matt Herasme and Mike Concannon were still putting up shots long after Don Bosco Prep practice ended 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Finally around 8 p.m., Rey Herasme, Matt’s father, who rebounds during the after-practice workouts, called for the final shots.
Herasme of Chester and Concannon, a Monroe resident, form the New Jersey state power’s starting backcourt. The Orange County standouts are driven to help Don Bosco to New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions title following their second straight state Non-Public A crown Saturday. Last season, Herasme and Concannon were reserves on a team that lost in the TOC final to Patrick School.
“It’s been a great ride this year,” said Herasme, who scored 10 points in a 61-54 win over Camden Catholic Saturday. “Everyone is looking up to us to be able to do it again. We lost so many pieces last year. Hopefully, we can end on a better note.”
Don Bosco Prep (27-2), which starts 6-foot-5 St. John’s commit Marcellus Earlington and 6-4 Rutgers commit Ronald Harper, plays Shawnee in a TOC semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Toms River, N.J. A victory puts Don Bosco in the championship game Sunday in Trenton, N.J.
“Since the beginning of this season, we’ve been coming out every game aggressive,” said Concannon, who scored 16 points in a 60-59 win over Burke Catholic in January. “We want to get back to that position. We want a TOC championship, period.”
Herasme stopped playing travel baseball for the first time last summer and focused on basketball after Don Bosco’s run. The hard work paid off as Herasme committed last month to play for Division I St. Peter’s in Jersey City, N.J.
“I figured I might as well put all of my effort into becoming the best basketball player I can be,” Herasme said. “It’s always been my dream to play Division I basketball. … Coach (John) Dunne is a great coach. I think I’ll fit right in the environment that they have in their program.”