For a moment, at least, it seemed as if defending catholic league champion St. John the Baptist's flirtation with leaguewide perfection was in for an unsettling awakening.
Trailing by one in the dwindling minutes of regulation, Joe Gibbons hit two foul shots to pull St. John (6-0) ahead and the Cougars would go on to seal the 57-54 win over Holy Trinity.
Gibbons scored seven of his 15 and Khaleev Ginyard scored six of his game-high 25 in a 17-9 fourth quarter. Dante Thomspson-Smallwood had a team-high 12 rebounds.
The win asserted St. John the Baptist's dominance at the top of a tightly contested CHSAA. Holy Trinity lost by one point to second place St. Mary's on Tuesday. Trinity is currently in third, despite winning three straight CHSAA games before the recent two-game losing streak.
St. John, meanwhile, has done well living on the edge: it's last three CHSAA wins have come by five points or less. They've been primarily led by Gibbons, who has scored in double figures in all 16 games this season. It's served St. John's well. St. John's has only one loss to its name, a non-league stumble against Long Island Lutheran.
Richard Bess and Tyler Seidman both scored 17 to lead Holy Trinity (3-3). Seidman has scored in double figures for five straight.