NHIAA Div. I Boys' Basketball Championship: 'G' is for glue as Trinity wins title
Trinity coach Dave Keefe celebrates with Mabor Gabriel after Trinity defeated Bishop Guertin, 50-46, in the Div. I Boys' Basketball Championship game at Lundholm Gymnasium at the University of New Hampshire on Saturday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
You can just call him a winner.
The junior forward showed why he is the heart of and soul of the Pioneers, leading them past Bishop Guertin of Nashua, 50-46, Saturday in the championship game of the Division I boys' basketball tournament at the University of New Hampshire's Lundholm Gymnasium.
Giampetruzzi scored eight straight points late in the second quarter to put the top-seeded Pioneers (21-1) in the lead and then did all those little things to help them keep it as they avenged their loss to the Cardinals in the 2011 championship game.
"In my eight years here, he's the best glue guy I've ever had," Keefe said. "I'm just happy I have him for another year."
The junior forward finished with game-high totals of 18 points and 13 rebounds despite being limited to 21 minutes because of foul trouble.
He picked up his third foul at the end of the second quarter. By then, he had changed the game with his personal 8-0 run.
The seventh-seeded Cardinals (16-6) were up 21-18 when Giampetruzzi went to work. He knocked down a three on the left wing to tie the game, worked his way to foul line for a pair of free throws to put Trinity ahead and capped off the run with a conventional three-point play off one of his four offensive rebounds.
The Pioneers went into the intermission with a 28-23 lead and spent the second half fending off the scrappy Cards.
"G's a tough kid," BG coach Jim Migneault said. "He made some really nice plays and it put us in a hole."
With Giampetruzzi limited by fouls and senior center Mabor Gabriel (6 points) getting a lot of attention from the BG defense, Trinity got key contributions from Wenjin Gabriel, Brad Rhoades and Pat Keefe.
Gabriel scored the first two basket of the third quarter to stretch Trinity's lead to 32-23, while Keefe had nine of his 12 points in the second half. Rhoades scored 10 points, seven in the first half, and did another standout job on the defensive end.
After helping neutralize Nashua South's Tim Preston late in Trinity's semifinal win, the junior guard went up against BG's Steve Toscano and helped hold him to four points.
"Defense wins championships," Rhoades said. "I take that job with pride."
The Cardinals got to within one point late in the third quarter, but Rhoades answered with his second three of the game and Keefe nailed a half-court shot at the buzzer to make it 42-36 going into the fourth.
A spin move by BG senior center Jeff Lunn (15 points) made it 48-46 with 36 second left, but the Cards had to foul five times before they could get the Pioneers into the bonus at the foul line. And when they finally did, Giampetruzzi calmly made both free throws with 16.2 second left.
The Pioneers were in the championship game for the fifth time in seven years. It's their first title since 2009 and eighth overall.
DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP
Trinity 50, Bishop Guertin 46
Bishop Guertin: Steven Toscano 2-0-4; Andy Williams 2-0-5; Kyle Gavin 2-4-10; Jeff Lunn 6-3-15; Jack Zimmerman 2-0-6; Joe Marandola 3-0-6. Totals 17-7-46. Three-pointers: Gavin 2; Zimmerman 2; Williams
Trinity: Wenjin Gabriel 2-0-4; Mabor Gabriel 2-2-6; Carmen Giampetruzzi 5-7-18; Pat Keefe 5-0-12; Brad Rhoades 4-0-10. Totals 18-9-50. Three-pointers: Keefe 2; Rhoades 2; Giampetruzzi
Bishop Guertin (16-6) 17-6-13-10-46
Trinity (21-1) 14-14-14-8-50