Trinity survives late scare from Lancaster Mennonite

Trinity knows only one way to finish its basketball seasons.


Play for District and State championships.


The Shamrocks won their fourth straight PIAA District 3 championship Wednesday night at Hershey’s Giant Center when they held on to defeat Lancaster Mennonite 75-72 for the 3A title.


In all, Trinity has won 15 District 3 small school basketball championships over the last 30 years. The Rocks are 15-6 in District 3 finals over that amazing stretch.


Not even the big school flagship brands of Harrisburg, Steel-High, York and Reading can claim that kind of success over that time.


Leading the way for the Shamrocks were two seniors who have four gold medals to hang around their necks. Tim Edwards scored 33 points and Austin Gilbertson added 22 points to win their fourth-straight district championship.


They already have their eyes on a fifth and final gold medal.


“We will get Neumann Goretti in the semis,” he told SPORTSfever. Then added, that they are ready to take care of business first to get there.


With a height advantage at every position on the floor, the Rocks were in control of the game from the start. But Mennonite had no intention of fading away.


Trinity led by 13 in the second quarter but the Blazers whittled the lead to 41-37 at the half. The Rocks pushed the lead back to 15 and led 62-47 after three quarters.


After Gilbertson made a three-point shot, Trinity led 70-56 midway fourth quarter.


Suddenly the blue-collar Blazers caught fire. Javon Terry, a workhorse in the paint who scored 24 points, and guard Richie Rosas, who scored 15, led the flash-point rally.


Rosas’ three-point shot with 2:04 left cut the Trinity lead to 72-70.


But Gilbertson finished a drive to the basket and Edwards added a free-throw and that was enough when Mennonite’s Jonathan Gillespie’s three missed the mark at the buzzer.


Trinity opens the PIAA state tournament next weekend against the sixth-place team from Philadelphia’s District 12. Mennonite faces District 12’s third-place team in the first round.