Joe Toussaint is looking to lead Cardinal Hayes to back to back CHSAA Championships

Cardinal Hayes (N.Y.) point guard Joe Toussaint had a bigtime performance in the CHSAA Quarterfinals. Toussaint scored 25 points in the 82-71 victory and now he and his team will go up against Christ The King (N.Y.) tomorrow in the Semifinals. He is excited to return to the final four in the prestigious catholic league.

“It’s a good opportunity going there for the second time in a row, which hasn’t been done in a long time,” said Toussaint. “It’s always good to play on that stage so I’m looking forward to having a good practice and getting ready for it.”

UNLV, Drexel, UMass, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis, Iona, Saint Joseph’s, Towson and Fordham have offered Toussaint so far. This list could grow with the amount he has improved from last year. He has made sure to become more of a threat offensively this year.

“I would say the biggest difference is how I am scoring the ball this year,” he said. “Last year I was pass first, but now I’m doing both by scoring the ball a lot more than I did last year.”

The only thing on Toussaint’s mind right now is what needs to be done to win tomorrow against Christ the King in the CHSAA Semfinals.

“Our only mindset is to win for this Thursday,” Toussaint said. “If I have to score than I’ll score the ball, if I have to pass I’ll pass and if I have to get a stop then I’ll do that. I’m going to do whatever it takes.”

The other CHSAA Semfinal matchup is Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) vs. Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.). Last year, Cardinal Hayes beat Archbishop Molloy in the Championship Game. Toussaint is very close with Archbishop Molloy’s Cole Anthony. He and Anthony have been talking about potentially matching up in the finals once again this year.

“I talk to Cole everyday and tell him we have to get back to the championship this year,” he said. “I want to see that rematch again this year. I’ve know him from the end of seventh grade heading into eighth grade. We use to play on the same team and after being on two different teams for a couple of years, we are now back together on the AAU circuit with the PSA Cardinals.”

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