Gerry McNamara and his Bishop Hannan teammates enjoyed a very successful 1999/2000 basketball season. The Lancers went 15-0 in Lackawanna Division 2 league play, defeated Seton Catholic 79-71 to win the District II class A championship, and captured the class A Eastern Championship with a 68-51 win over Scotland, earning them a trip to Hershey to face two-time defending state champion Kennedy Christian for a second straight season. Unfortunately, the Lancers once again had to settle for the silver as they lost an extremely close game, 64-57 in overtime. They finished the season with 27 wins and only 4 losses.

In addition to his team's success, Gerry McNamara had an outstanding individual season. The sophomore point guard led the team in scoring at 21.8 ppg, assists with 8.2 per game, and steals with 4.7 per game. He also pulled down 4.2 rebounds per contest. In a 63-50 loss to AAAA Coatesville, McNamara became the fastest player in Bishop Hannan history to score 1,000 career points. Gerry had high scoring games of 32 points in a win over St. Joe's Prep of Philadelphia, 34 in a victory over Carbondale, and 37 in wins against Carbondale and Scranton, and again against Seton Catholic in the district championship game. Against Riverside, he set a personal best in 3-point field goals made, making 7 in just 9 attempts while scoring 28 points. And in a 69-51 victory over rival Bishop O'Hara, McNamara tallied a career-high 43 points.

Gerry's efforts earned him several accolades. He was awarded tournament MVP honors at the Jerry Finan Tournament at Carbondale High School. He was named The Scranton Times-Tribune Athlete of the Week for surpassing the 1,000 point mark. McNamara was a unanimous first-team all-league selection, The Scranton Times All-Regional Player of the Year, and was named first-team all-state for small schools by the Associated Press.

This past summer, Gerry was able to show off his skills around the country. At the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina, he was the tournament's fourth leading scorer and was named to the all-tournament team. Gerry was invited to the prestigious Adidas ABCD camp in Teaneck, New Jersey, which showcases some of the best high school talent from across the country. Gerry impressed many college scouts and was selected for the top 20 underclassmen game at camp. In July, Gerry and his NEP AAU team traveled to Las Vegas to play in one of the nation's biggest AAU tournaments, the Adidas Big-Time Tournament. His play earned him a lot of national attention and a place on the all-tournament team. High school recruiters around the country have taken notice of Gerry's ability. He has been mentioned in USA Today, Street and Smith's, and several other publications as being one of the top juniors in the country. Gerry has been ranked as high as the 4th best junior in the nation by Jacey Zembal of Fox Sports and was the feature of an article on HoopsTV.com.

Gerry and his Bishop Hannan teammates have already focused their sights on a return trip to Hershey next year, as they make the jump from class A to AA. The 2000/2001 season looks to be promising. In addition to McNamara, the Lancers will have 6'8" center Brad Feleccia returning. The Fairfield-bound Feleccia averaged just under 16 ppg and over 10 rebounds per game and hopes to improve on those numbers in his senior season. He joined Gerry on the all-league first-team, and earned second-team honors on The Scranton Times All-Regional team. Chris Flynn, the leading scorer last season on the JV team, Sean Kerrigan, Chris Lewis, Marty Healy, Pat Gaffney, Pat Foley, and Mike Laffey will be moving up from a very talented JV team and are expected to make large contributions in their junior seasons. While the reality of Hershey is very far away, the dream is alive, and the members of the Bishop Hannan team, as well as head coach John Bucci, are determined to make it back for a third time and to return with gold medals.


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