Jenkins Buries Two Free-Throws With 2.6 Seconds Remaining to Lift Gonzaga Over Paul VI
Gonzaga senior Kris Jenkins has a lot of tremendous aspects to his basketball game. Atop that list are being clutch and being a great shooter. Both of those attributes were on display with the game on the wire versus Paul VI on Tuesday night.
Gonzaga seemed to be in control for almost the entire game but Paul VI staged an incredible late comeback in a game they had once trailed by 15. PVI came all the way back to take a one point lead with 14 seconds remaining in the game.
Gonzaga didn’t panic, in fact they didn’t even call a time-out. Everyone in the building knew where the ball was going including the three Panthers who triple-teamed Jenkins when he got the ball with less then five seconds to go. But Jenkins drove to the bucket, put his head down, and was fortunate to get a foul called on PVI. Jenkins stepped up to the line just as if he were taking free throws by himself in an empty gym. No nervousness, no hesitation. Just two swishes — no iron.
It appeared to be all rapped up at that point but as Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner put it, “They’ve (Paul VI) hit a lot of home runs so far this year. We had to make sure they din’t hit a homerun on us.” The player that Turner was alluding to was PVI sophomore point guard Kevin Dorsey who hit a pair of buzzer beaters two weeks ago to win the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. And after Jenkins sank his free throws ironically the ball ended up in Dorsey’s hands. Dorsey threw up a shot from half-court that hit the back-iron, and was probably an inch away from going in.
With the win Gonzaga stays perfect in the WCAC and basketball fans all around the DMV can’t wait for the show down between the two undefeated teams in the WCAC; Gonzaga, and O’Connell. The two teams are set to meet on Tuesday, February 5th. The two teams will play again just 12 days later. Before that Gonzaga will play DeMatha for the second time on Superbowl Sunday at 2:30 PM in Hyattsville.
Paul VI hosts O’Connell this Friday.
Kris Jenkins led all scorers tonight with 27. Charles Glover added 15 for the Eagles. The Panthers were led by their three sophomores. Franklin Howard, Marcus Derrickson, and Kevin Dorsey scored 20, 15, and 13 respectively.