In the Prep League semifinals Friday night at Trinity Episcopal, for the third time this year, Collegiate managed to hold off Woodberry Forest, winning 51-48, the squad’s third narrow win over the Tigers this season..
With the win, the Cougars earn another shot at Trinity Episcopal in Saturday’s Prep League title game.
Woodberry tied the game late on a Khalid Thomas 3-pointer. But Collegiate bounced back with a sterling fourth quarter performance at the free throw line where the Cougars went 7-for-8 including Jack Wyatt’s make with 20.2 seconds left and two more to make it a 3-point game by Robbie Beran with under two seconds to play.
The Cougars pulled off the win despite a sterling 28-point performance by Princeton-bound Max Johns. Dequece Carter chipped in eight points. Wyatt and Beran each had 15 points for the Cougars.
Collegiate held a 26-18 halftime lead over the Tigers, forcing Woodberry to claw back out of the hole to give itself a chance to win it.
The Cougars move on to the Prep League final Saturday at 5:30 against Trinity Episcopal.
Trinity beats St. Christopher’s
In the first Prep League semifinal Friday, Trinity Episcopal’s defense and an explosive third quarter allowed the Titans to pick up a 56-41 victory over St. Christopher’s and earn a spot in the championship game Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Trinity held the Saints to just 11 first half points — six in the first and five in the second — to build a 21-11 halftime lead. The Titans managed to hold Gibson Jimerson scoreless during that span. Then with a balanced offensive effort in the third, where six different Titans scored led by Jason Wade’s seven points and Henry Coleman’s six, Trinity started to pull away. Jimerson scored 10 in the second half and helped spark a sizeable run to start the third quarter and cut the Trinity lead to four, but with Trinity answering them bucket-for-bucket later in the frame and through the fourth quarter, the Saints couldn’t get over the hump.
Wade led the Titans with 14 on the night while Coleman, Bacot and Tink Boyd each notched 11 points.
Justin Jasper had nine for the Saints while Donovan Murphy had six, all in the first quarter.