With 16 seconds left on the clock, Episcopal senior Will Hollister reared back and threw a strike to Timmy Phillips, who had gained a step on St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes forward Colin Goss. Phillips caught the ball in stride and took it the distance for an easy score. The play was a bit of deja vu for the pair; Hollister was the Maroon’s starting quarterback this fall, and Phillips played tight end on varsity. Phillips’ lay-up put Episcopal up by two possessions, and the Maroon held on for the 52-50 upset over the No. 14 Saints in an Interstate Athletic Conference semifinal in Alexandria.
“Those two, they’re used to throwing it and catching it,” Maroon Coach Jim Fitzpatrick said.
The Saints led at halftime, 27-24, but Episcopal (17-9) turned it around with a third-quarter surge led by senior guard Greg Malinowski (27 points). The Maroon outscored St. Stephen’s 19-5 during the period, switching to a zone defense designed to force the Saints to work each possession longer.
St. Stephen’s (17-7) battled back in the fourth, buoyed by senior forward Cameron Gregory’s 12 points, but Malinowski countered with each scoring possession.
“His play has gotten us to the championship game,” Fitzpatrick said of Malinowski.
Episcopal will face second-ranked Bullis (23-3) for the the IAC title on Saturday night at Georgetown Day.