Antelopes slip by North Catholic

Avonworth’s Tyreek Davis takes to the air as the Antelopes defeat North Catholic by two points in overtime. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen


The Avonworth Antelopes (7-6, 3-1) played their rival, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans (5-7, 2-1) Tuesday night at Avonworth High School, defeating the Trojans in a 42-40 thriller to take control of second place in AAA Section 2.

The first quarter began slowly, with both teams scoreless for the opening three minutes until CWNC’s Brian Davidson made a lay-up. This woke up junior Tyreek Davis, who scored five quick points to give the ‘Lopes the lead. But the Trojans were not looking to roll over, and took a 13-12 lead into the second quarter.

The second quarter was not a good one for the ‘Lopes, who scored only four points to the Trojans’ eight. The teams went into the locker room with CWNC leading, 21 - 17.

Avonworth came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter, scoring two quick buckets to tie the game. After that, a timeout by CWNC coach Dave Long rallied his team to make an 8 - 2 run to close out the quarter.

Down by six, all signs looked to the ‘Lopes rolling over, but the trio of Jake Harper, Turner Grau, and Davis had “Upset!” on their minds. The ‘Lopes’ defensive specialists, junior Patrick Gannon and senior Jeffery Igims, were key parts of the Antelopes’ comeback, with the resilient defense of Avonworth bringing them to within two points of the Trojans with time winding down. A shot by Harper rolled off the rim, but was tipped back in by Grau to send both teams into overtime with the score tied at 36.

Both teams traded missed shots to begin the overtime period, until North’s Davidson broke the tie with a layup. A quick response by the ‘Lopes tied the game again. The Antelopes traded buckets with the Trojans and the score remained tied at 40 points.

In the final seconds, Harper found himself with the ball once again. He pump-faked and the defender went flying past him, as he buried a 17-foot shot to seal the game for Avonworth.

North’s Brian Davidson led all scorers with 19 points. Avonworth’s Davis led the ‘Lopes in scoring with 16 points, with Harper adding 11, and Grau collecting 10.

The ‘Lopes’ win came on the night that head coach Dan Bradley was honored for his 100th career victory.

“It was the best game we played this year,” Bradley said. “Our shot selection was much better and we played good defense in the half-court set.”

He added, “We kept our composure down the stretch.”