The varsity boys basketball team returned to action on Tuesday night at Bishop Sullivan. This matchup pitted two of the top teams in the TCIS against each other as Bishop Sullivan entered play at 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the TCIS, while Walsingham came into action with an overall record of 15-6 and 3-2 in conference.
The Trojans jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead in the first minute of play after three-pointers by Henry Kalnius '21 and Marcus Banks '21 and a steal and finish by Sam Jones '19. The Crusaders would bounce back as a bevy of threes got them right back in the game and put the Trojans lead at just two points after the first quarter.
Bishop Sullivan continued to score at a high rate in the second quarter but the Trojans battled along with them. Jaylin Stewart '19 used a buzzer-beating step-back three to send the Trojans into halftime down just 38-35.
The third quarter saw the Trojans step up on the defensive end, holding the Crusaders to 13 points in the quarter. The Trojans regained the lead in the third and again it was Jaylin Stewart who hit another buzzer-beating three to give the Trojans a 54-51 lead at the end of three.
The Trojans stayed resilient in the fourth quarter, trading baskets back and forth and seeing their lead grow as high as five points before their opponent would make a run to tie the game. After being all tied at 56 with about 5 minutes to go, Jaylin Stewart scored two transition buckets and Sam Jones knocked down a clutch three to give the Trojans some separation. Bishop Sullivan continued to fight back but ultimately it was too little, too late as Stewart went 7-of-9 from the free throw line in the final quarter to ice the 76-72 victory for the Trojans!
Jaylin Stewart, the 2017-2018 TCIS Player of the Year, stepped up for the Trojans in the win, finishing with 37 points on 11-for-16 from the field. Marcus Banks added 24 points and eight rebounds after missing the last three games. Sam Jones did a little bit of everything as he added seven points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three deflections. Also scoring for the Trojans were Henry Kalnius with five points and Braden Exton with three.
The Trojans are now 16-6 on the season and 4-2 in the TCIS. In the latest VISAA Division III poll which was released on Tuesday afternoon, the Trojans remained #1 in the state for the third consecutive week!
Next up for the Trojans is an away game with Hampton Roads Academy on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. The Trojans will then return home for Spirit Night on Friday, Feb. 1 when they host Veritas Collegiate at 7:00 p.m.