The first time Mr. Hamil Jones ’00 beat Benedictine in high school hoops he was injured on the JV team. His coach? Math teacher Rich Huedepohl. Charlie Epes, son of legendary fourth grade teacher Mrs. Debbie Epes, hit a three at the buzzer.
“I still remember the excitement of the bench when that shot went in,” said Coach Jones
On Feb. 3 the Saints captured their first win against Benedictine 60-59 since the ’05-’06 season, when William Hardy ’06, now an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, hit a three at the buzzer.
The early February contest in Scott Gym also came down to a buzzer beating 3-point attempt, but this one was missed by Benedictine’s C.J. Wiggins, who scored 13 for the Cadets, who almost came back from a 40-13 deficit in the first half.
“We came out really hot,” said senior forward Fleet Wallace. “We were shooting the lights out.”.
The Saints were on fire from outside the arc, hitting nine, four of which came from sophomore guard Alexander Petrie, who scored 19 points. Junior Nick Sherod scored a game-high 23 points.
The Cadets missed a few easy shots on their last possession until the ball went out of bounds in the corner with just over one second left on the clock. The missed three was followed by Saints fans storming the court to celebrate the win.
Spirited crowds showed up for both schools, and tempers ran high all night between the archrivals. “The next day my ears were still ringing from the yelling,” said Sherod.
This emotion spilled onto the court in the first half when Benedictine big-man Gibson Jimerson appeared to drop the ball on to junior forward Noah O’Neill’s head after both players fell onto the court under the basket.