Casimir's 50 leads Trinity to double-OT win over Greenwich
Updated 11:47 pm, Friday, December 14, 2012
STAMFORD -- With Rashamel Jones, Craig Austrie, John Smyth and Torrey Thomas lined up near the baseline of the Trinity High School gym like a living Mount Rushmore of Crusader stars, Schadrac Casimir earned his own seat in that legendary row.
Casimir willed his team to an 89-81 double-overtime victory over Greenwich, scoring 50 points and hitting pull-up 3-pointers at the end of regulation and the first overtime before sinking 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
"I just wanted to win. I didn't care about points or anything," Casimir said. "I just had a hot night and my teammates found me in the right spots. We just never gave up on each other."
Casimir missed his final free throw with seconds left in double overtime, leaving him one point shy of Smyth's school record 51 points.
Mike Walsh, who has coached all the members of Mount Rushmore, was impressed by what he saw Friday night.
"I just thought it was spectacular, really," Walsh said. "I have coached a lot of great players and they were here tonight and to have them see Schadrac perform like that, I think he's in their class, he's a great player."
Casimir's heroics outshined a gutty performance by the Cardinals, who came in short-handed with Jon Palmer hurt, Leonel Hyatt battling cramps from the fourth quarter on and CJ Byrd and Jimmy Djema fouling out in overtime.
Byrd led the Cardinals with 26 points before being disqualified. Alex Wolf added 17 and Alex McMurray 16.
Greenwich coach Bill Brehm praised his players' effort after the game, but said there was little they could do about Casimir.
"I think everyone in the gym got more than their money's worth tonight," Brehm said. "How do you deal with Casimir when he has 50? He was making everything. I told Mike Walsh he was going to be making them from his bedroom tonight. He's ridiculous."
Greenwich upset Trinity last year and seemed poised to do it again until Casimir took over with thoughts of last year's loss firmly in his mind.
"That's all we were thinking about for the last week," Casimir said. "It feels great, they are always tough."
Greenwich led 67-64 in the fourth quarter before Casimir crossed over and pulled up from well outside the arc, tying the game with four seconds left.
In the first overtime, he again pulled up off the dribble, nailing a tying 3 with 56 seconds remaining, but missed a runner as time expired, sending the game to a second extra session.
McMurray knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:54 left to get the Cardinals within 82-81 but Casimir was able to keep the ball in his hands and get to the free throw line, where he was flawless until his last shot.
Greenwich 81 (2OT)
Shadrac Casimir 13 17-18 50; Justin Paige 2 0-0 4; Tremour Fraiser 5 1-2 12; Sean Brown 0 0-0; Brandon Wheeler 7 6-9 23; Neno Merritt 0 0-0 0. Totals: 27 24-29 89
Dan Guise 2 0-0 5; Thomas Baietto 0 0-0 0; Alex Wolf 7 3-9 17; CJ Byrd 7 9-10 26; Leonel Hyatt 2 0-0 4; Jimmy Djema 4 2-5 13; Sam Latto 0 0-0 0; Alex McMurray 7 1-2 16. Totals: 29 15-26 81
TRINITY 18 18 14 16 8 14 -- 89
GREENWICH 14 22 15 16 8 6 -- 81
3 point field goals: T--Casimir 7, Wheeler 3, Fraiser; G--McMurray, Guise, Byrd 3, Djema 3
Fouled out: G--Byrd, Djema Records: T 2-0; G 1-1