Basketball

Shanahan leads the way as SB boys win a thriller at Trinity

File photo – Owen Shanahan

Tuesday was a good day for the Shanahan siblings, St. Bernard’s basketball and freshman Liam Dyer.

Shortly after junior Madelyn Shanahan had a triple-double on the way to leading the St. Bernard’s girls to an eighth straight win at Trinity, older brother Owen Shanahan led the SB boys to a thrilling 51-50 win over the same school.

The senior standout had an outstanding all-around game and finished with 13 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals.

“Owen was fantastic,” head coach Issac Gildea said. “He just dominated every aspect of the game.”

Gildea believes Owen is the best player in the H-DN right now, and his influence on games is growing as the season progresses.

“He rebounds, blocks, assists, is intelligent and can score at will,” the head coach said. “Owen is unselfish when he is doubled. I am lucky to be able to coach Owen Shanahan.”

He also helped set up the game-winning score, a last-second basket by Dyer.

Leading by one in the dying seconds, Trinity missed on the first free throw of a one-and-one and it was the 6-foot-7 Shanahan who grabbed the rebound.

After receiving possession, fellow senior Seth Dyer then passed to his younger brother, who scored the game winner just before time expired.

“Liam was big time in the moment,” Gildea said. 

The Crusaders, who improved to 11-8 with the non-league win, were led in scoring once again by the ever-dangerous Aaiden Burris, who finished with a team-high 15, while Seth Dyer had 12 points and Tyler Dimmick chipped in six.

It was the second time this season the Crusaders have been involved in a game decided right at the end after falling to AIMS in tournament play in December on a three-quarter court shot.

File photo – Freshman Liam Dyer scored the game-wining basket on Tuesday night.

In a back-and-forth game, St. Bernard’s led by one at halftime, but managed just seven points in the third quarter.

The Crusaders, however, saved their best for the stretch run and outscored the home team 19-14 in the fourth to seal the dramatic win.

“We’re getting better,” Gildea said. “It was a fun win.”

The Little 4 leaders return to league play with a key game at South Fork on Thursday night, where a win would guarantee them at least a share of the championship.

Check out video highlights of the game-winning basket below …

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