The sold out show on Cass Ave was well worth admission. We saw fans rush the court….twice.
Neither team held a lead for longer than a possession in the 4th.
So when Trinity’s guard, Rasheed Weekly, sunk a run and gun 3 to put the Titans up by 1 with 4.0 seconds left, their fans and bench burst into celebration.
The Vashon Wolverines would need a miracle shot.
Instead, they settled for a foul.
Weekly’s heroism quickly depreciated when Vashon’s Phillip Russel drew a call and was gifted two free buckets. Both were sunk for a go-ahead lead with seconds remaining.
A hail Mary from the Titan’s Isaiah Williams hit both backboard and rim, but came up short.
Now it was the Wolves turn to celebrate. And with 0s on the clock, it was real.
Their 5th win in a row, Vashon improves to 17-5 on the season and has yet to lose to a Missouri team. Trinity’s 20-3 record clearly shows they aren’t to be taken lightly and will be an obstacle for any team come playoff time.
Trinity’s squad can’t be too distressed over this loss, though. Weekly earned the game high with 26 points and helped showcase they could hang with the big boys. A comforting prospect is knowing they were one shot away from victory against a fierce team they might face in the Class-3 playoffs.
Ryan Kalkbrenner, Trinity’s 6’11 junior, protected the rim all night collecting 10 significant blocks and even slammed home a few dunks for 12 points of his own. His defensive work kept Vashon scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the game and stopped the Wolverines from ever catching momentum.
Vashon’s last second win started with depth on the bench. Kobe Clark, a forward from the class of 2020, found himself stepping up and picking up 14 points and 15 rebounds when his team needed him the most.
Mizzou’s star recruit Mario McKinney Jr. was visibly shook up after a crash into the wall after a powerful dunk late in the 2nd quarter. McKinney Jr. would not return until 1:37 left in the third. He would receive a tech soon after, one of the few team fouls Vashon would commit. He was kept to 7 points, due in part to the strong defensive effort from Kalkbrenner and company.
Uncommitted Cam’Ron Fletcher attributed 12 tallies on the night including a late dunk that sent the sold out crowd into a frenzy.
The path to meet each other in the class 3 post season won’t be easy, but if it happens, the city of St. Louis is in for another room shaking display of high class basketball.