As March arrived on Sunday bringing incredible sunshine and weather, it also brought us into our fifth month of basketball. Playing basketball in March is an exciting time. The phrase “March Madness” that we so often hear this time of year originated in Illinois to describe the atmosphere of high school playoff basketball over 100 years ago. And anyone who was in the gym at St. Joseph High School this past Friday night can certainly attest to the madness of playoff basketball they witnessed.
The Trojans, who entered the game 24-5 on the season and had completed a perfect 12-0 record in conference play to be crowned Metro Suburban Red Champs, found themselves down 3-16 to start the game. However, one possession at a time the boys slowly climbed back into the game and found themselves down only 22-23 at halftime. Throughout the 2nd half it remained close as St Joe’s would make a run and the Trojans would answer back. The Trojans finally broke free to grab a three point lead in the closing seconds only to see St. Joe’s make a game tying 3-pointer to send it to overtime.
In overtime, the game continued to go back and forth until the game winning basket was made by AJ Vos with 15 seconds left. The Trojans defense stood strong and got the final stop they needed to claim a 58-57 victory to be crowned regional champions.
The team appreciates the support it has received throughout the season at all the games, but especially appreciates the fantastic support it felt on Friday. With the win the team will travel out to Genoa-Kingston on Tuesday to face conference foe Wheaton Academy. While we know the drive to Genoa-Kingston is a bit further from Timothy than Westchester, we certainly do hope to see you out there at 7pm on Tuesday and again Friday for the championship game.