Paul VI is off to a hot start to its 2019-20 boys’ basketball season, starting 6-0 and climbing to fourth in MaxPreps’ national rankings with wins over rival Bishop O’Connell and then-No. 2 IMG Academy.
But none of its wins were more dramatic or unlikely than its 130-128 seven-overtime victory over Archbishop Wood (Pa.) on Saturday night in the Diane Mosco Foundation Shootout.
The Panthers one of the best backcourts in the country, headlined by senior point guard Jeremy Roach (No. 22 in ESPN’s 2020 Top 100) and junior shooting guard Trevor Keels (No. 35 in ESPN’s 2021 Top 100). Roach is a five-star recruit headed to Duke next fall while Keels has received offers from both Georgetown and Maryland but has yet to announce a commitment.
Both stars put their talents on full display Saturday, when Paul VI entered the fourth down 57-42 to Archbishop Wood. The Vikings led by as much as 16 in the quarter, but with about six minutes left the Panthers turned on the jets.
Paul VI climbed back into the contest before getting one last possession in the final seconds down by three. That’s when Keels showed off his range with a deep 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Trevor. Keels.— Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) December 15, 2019
Overtime at Archbishop Wood thanks to this buzzer-beater. pic.twitter.com/iB89XOCRzk
Roach and Keeler finished with 30 points apiece in the game, but both fouled out by the third overtime. That put the game in the hands of other players like Jo-Jo Freeman (21 points) and Dug McDaniel (20 points) to come through in the four-hour contest.
Paul VI battled through all seven overtime frames to score 130 points, easily eclipsing its previous season high of 92.
But in the end, the Panthers prevailed.
Pitted in the highly competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, Paul VI still has a long season ahead of it. But after Saturday night’s victory, the Panthers have put to rest any doubts about their pedigree as one of the best teams in the nation.
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