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Junior Chris Shalvoy scored 25 points while leading Williams to an upset win over Trinity College.

Third-Seeded Williams Advances to Final with 91-89 Win Over Trinity

By Justin Long

February 24, 2007

Trinity senior Kino Clarke (Brooklyn, NY) put on a show for the fans, shooting 5-for-7 from three-point land in the first half to lead all scorers with 23 points, as the Bantams shot 63.6 percent from the floor. Williams was not rattled, however, as the Ephs put in an impressive first-half performance of its own, shooting 72.4 percent from the floor. Junior quad-captain Chris Shalvoy (Rochester, NY) led his team with 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting, while sophomore Kevin Snyder (Littleton, CO) added 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting and first-year Joe Geoghegan (Cape Elizabeth, ME) was a perfect 4-for-4 to chip in with nine first-half points.

Clarke opened the second half in usual form, scoring five points in the first minute of action, but the Ephs held the sharp-shooter to just seven points the rest of the way. Williams clung to a slim lead throughout the majority of the second half, but junior Russ Martin (Longmeadow, MA) came out of a Trinity timeout by laying the ball in as he drew a foul, converting the three-point play to tie the game at 84-84 with 4:37 left in the game.

Junior quad-captain Chris Rose (Middletown, NY) knocked down a pair of free throws to give Williams an 88-87 lead with 1:10 on the clock, but Clarke knocked down two of his own to give the Bantams an 89-88 lead and bring his afternoon point total to 35. Geoghegan cleaned up a Rose miss on Williams’ next possession, as the Ephs took a 90-89 lead with the put-back.

The Bantams had the opportunity to hold out for the last shot, but Martin pulled up for a three-pointer with 11 seconds on the clock. Senior Patrick Martin (Springfield, MA) pulled down the offensive rebound and got open for a jumper, but Williams’ Blake Schultz (Atherton, CA) grabbed a big defensive rebound and found an open Shalvoy, who was fouled with four seconds left in the game. He missed his first attempt from the charity stripe but knocked down the second, increasing his team’s lead to 91-89, and Patrick Martin was unable to hit a running three-pointer as the horn sounded, keeping Williams’ season alive.

Shalvoy led the Ephs with 25 points, with Schultz adding 22, Snyder adding 11 and Geoghegan scoring 11. Williams shot 63 percent on the day, including 50% (8-for-16) from beyond the arc. Clarke’s 35 points led all scorers, while Patrick Martin added 13, and Russ Martin and junior Patrick Hasiuk (Enfield, CT) each chipped in with 10. The Bantams finish their season with an impressive 21-4 record.