BINGHAMTON, NY - Bishop Loughlin outscored Trinity, 9-2, in the second overtime to win a thrilling National Division championship game, 75-68 in double overtime, Sunday night at the 21st Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic.
Junior Javian Delacruz hit a game-tying three in overtime to push the game to a second OT, before netting a three to open the final four minutes play. From there Bishop Loughlin pushed its lead to five following an Anthony Vernon layup and a pair of Carrington free throws. Bishop Loughlin held Trinity to just two points in the second OT.
In the first overtime, Trinity took the first lead on a tip-in by Craig Owens before Williams netted a three put Bishop Loughlin up one with under two minutes to play. As both teams stalled, a three by Rice with 20 seconds left seemed to put the game away but Isaak Bodon responded with a three of his own to bring the Lions within one. Rice hit a pair of free throws to give the Shamrocks a 66-63 lead with 14.1 seconds to go. On the final possession of overtime, Bishop Loughlin moved the ball well until they found Delacruz on the wing for a buzzer-beater three to send the game into double overtime.
National Division MVP, Khadeen Carrington led Bishop Loughlin with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Juniors Mike Williams and Anthony Vernon each reach double figures for the Lions, adding 14 and 11 points, respectively. Williams was named to the All-Tournament Team.
All-Tournament Team selection, senior Darryl Hicks led Trinity with a team-high 22 points. Junior Craig Owens, who joined Hicks on the All-Tournament Team, added 16 points for the Shamrocks.
Trinity quick erased its third-quarter deficit with five straight points from Hicks to tie the game at 48 with just over seven minutes to go. A three by Williams broke the tie before a steal and fast break layup by Carrington gave Bishop Loughlin a 55-50 lead with 3:03 to play. Trinity responded with a 7-0 run to regain the lead with a minute to play. A Sam Strothman three started the run, and then the 6-foot-4 senior hit DeMarcus Page on a back door cut to even the game at 55. An Owens layup out of a Trinity timeout handed the Shamrocks a two-point lead with 31 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession, Williams misfired on a three from the wing, but Anthony Vernon cleaned up the miss and put it back to knot the game at 57 with 30 seconds to play. Each team had a chance to win the game in regulation, but was unable to get the deciding basket.
Bishop Loughlin raced out of the break on a 12-2 run sparked by seven points from Carrington. During the run, the Lions took its first lead of the game, 35-33, following a Carrington three. Williams capped the run with a three from the corner on a dish from Carrington. Trinity answered, as they did all night, with an elbow three from Hicks to pull within five, 46-41 with just over a minute in the third quarter. Bishop Loughlin outscored Trinity 20-10 in the third quarter to take a 48-43 into the fourth.
In a very competitive first half, Trinity burst out of the gates on a 10-2 run behind eight points from Hicks. Bishop Loughlin responded with a pair of Carrington buckets to trim the deficit to six midway through the frame. A steal by Williams and feed to Carrington for a two-handed slam made the score 17-12 with just over a minute to play in the first quarter. Trinity led 19-14 after the first quarter.
The second quarter witnessed each team trade blows scoring 14 points apiece in the period. A pair of steals by Bishop Loughlin resulted in four quick points for the Lions, tying the game at 21. Following an Anthony Vernon three-point play, a Hicks put back gave the Shamrocks a 28-24 advantage. A steal and score by Williams brought the Lions within two, but a Sam Strothman three handed Trinity a 33-28 lead at the break.