With 3.7 seconds left in the game and the score tied at 68, the Wilson Tigers had 2 fouls to give. That did not faze senior guard and St. Joseph commit Jared Bynum one bit. He received the ball off a half court inbounds play and was able to draw enough contact on Wilson guard Jay Heath Jr. for the ref to call a three-point shooting foul with .4 seconds left on the clock. When he got to the charity stripe, Bynum knocked down two out of three free throws, giving his Little Hoyas team a 70-68 win over the Tigers.
Bynum finished the game with a game-high 30 points. Even though his numbers will stand out the most, it was an all-around team effort that beat Wilson.
As soon as the ball tipped off, Wilson came out strong; with a majority of their points coming from inside the paint.
“I did not [like] how we started,” responded Little Hoyas coach Ryan Eskow, expressing his discontent with Wilson starting the game off on a 7-0 run.
“We didn’t come [out] as energized as the other team,” commented Bynum on his team’s early deficit.
Despite the slow start, Georgetown Prep was able to find its rhythm through team involvement.
“That’s really starting to become our identity,” said coach Eskow. “When we get everybody involved, that open things [up] for everybody.”
Jared Bynum was also able to recognize this. Every time he went to the basket, all the Tigers’ players drew their attention to him, allowing him to find the open man for either the three or the lay in.
“There were times where I knew my teammates would be open before the play even happened,” Bynum cleverly stated.
This mindset is really what makes Bynum special, his basketball IQ allows him to make quick in-game adjustments, making it hard for defenses to use one defensive scheme throughout the game.
After tonight’s victory, Georgetown Prep will travel to DC on January 6 to face Maret.
Wilson, on the other hand, will travel to Northwest, DC to play against Bell on January 5.