St. John’s Clinches 2013-14 Regular Season WCAC Championship
On Sunday afternoon in Northwest, DC, St. John’s clinched the regular season championship and the #1 seed in the upcoming WCAC tournament with a thrilling 66-63 victory over O’Connell.
O’Connell got out to an early first quarter lead but the Cadets would come back and set off a bizarre set of events to close the game. O’Connell star guard Melo Trimble would miss two free throws with his team down one with 38 seconds left. St. Johns would go 2-5 from the line in the final 30 seconds and there was a questionable no call when it appeared Melo Trimble was tripped with 15 seconds left. None the less, O’Connell would get a shot to tie at the buzzer, but Trimble’s 3-ball was wide right and the celebration ensued for the Cadets who clinched a regular season championship and the #1 seed in the upcoming WCAC tournament.
St. John’s has one game remaining, and that game is senior night at DeMatha. That game could be incredibly important for the stags as they are still fighting for seeding for the upcoming tournament.
St. John’s had six players score between seven and 14 points. They were led by Tre Campbell’s 14. Melo Trimble led the way for O’Connell who scored 21, but was held to only four second half points.
With the win St. John’s improves to an amazing 26-1, and 16-1 in the WCAC. Their loan loss of the season came in their WCAC debut, a game on December 12th at home against Paul VI. They would later avenge that loss on the road. But the Cadets can ask Gonzaga, the regular season means nothing. Last year Gonzaga ran the table in the regular season, only to lose in the first round of the WCAC playoffs.