Titantic threes: Holy Trinity tops SJB
Jimmy Golaszewski nailed a pair of ultra-clutch three-pointers in the frantic, fantastic final minute as Holy Trinity used nine treys to outlast host St. John the Baptist, 64-62, Friday night in a CHSAA thriller.
Golaszewski is a starter who spent much of the fourth quarter on the bench because of matchups as SJB erased an 11-point deficit to take a 60-58 lead with 1:29 left on Tavon Ginyard's pull-up jumper off a dazzling crossover move.
He was inserted back into the game during a timeout and stationed himself in the left corner as Titans point guard Damon Coleman (22 points, four threes) went to work on the perimeter.
"We were down by two. I wanted to hit the three," Coleman said. "But they closed out well on defense and collapsed on me. I kicked it to Jimmy.''
Golaszewski (11 points) swished it with 41.1 seconds left to put Holy Trinity (12-3, 3-1) up 61-60. Bryan Sinclair (12 points) converted a tough runner in traffic to put the Cougars on top 62-61 with 25 seconds left as the gym exploded.
Coleman again controlled the ball for the Titans. "This time I attacked more and got into the lane," he said. "I saw Jimmy was open and I figured, 'Why not let him take it again?' "
Why not, indeed? With 13 seconds left, Golaszewski delivered again, but the Cougars (8-6, 1-3) had enough time to tie or win it. Ginyard raced the ball upcourt and got it to Sinclair, who fired a long three from the right wing that rimmed out at the buzzer.
"I knew if Damon was open, he'd take the shot," Golaszewski said. "But he always looks for the open man. Luckily it was me."
Skillfully, he hit both pressure shots. "I was pretty confident on the first one and very confident on the second one," Golaszewski said.
Both plays called for Coleman to create in the lane. "That's why Damon is a great player," Trinity coach Joe Conefry said. "He understands who's open and how to get it to him."