Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
George Washington's 65-59 victory over Navy at Smith Center last night was a special treat for St. John's High School coach Joe Gallagher: a brilliant 40-minute display of the skills of two of his old pupils, the Colonials' John Holloran and the Mids' Kevin Sinnett.
Holloran trailed, 28-27, in the two man scoring battle with three minutes left and th score 57-57. But GW's senior guard made an acrobatic three-point play with 1:54 left for a 60-57 lead, then an even more unbelievable falling scoop shot with 29 seconds left for 62-59 margin that buried the visitors.
Sophomore Sinnett, an inch and perhaps 30 pounds bigger, at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, than he was at St. John's, poured in 20 points in the first half as Navy jumped to a 24-12 lead. He finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and countless crisp passes in Navy's patient offense.
But, just as GW outdid Navy, in the end Holloran got the better of Sinnettcanning 13 of 21 shots for 32 points and getting four assists and four rebounds.
"I wanted to show my old coach (Gallagher) how much I've learned in four years," said Holloran. "I hope I'm smarter."
Certainly his drives are more daring and more breathtaking.
With the score knotted at 57, GW stalled for almost a minute, bringing Navy out of its zone defense.
"That's the first time I've ever held the ball to pull a team out," said Talent, proud of his strategy
No answered with a bucket and Holloran, who in GW's three losses had been ejected once for fighting and another time missed a potential winning shot at the buzzer, looked destined for another pair of goat's horns when he dribbled the ball off his knee with 1:09 left.
But fellow guard Tom Tate, the little sophomore scrapper whose thankless job it is to feed the high scorer, saved the day with a crafty play that left Navy grumbling.
No sooner had Navy senior pointguard Leo Latonick crossed midcount and called a play than Tate drastically overplayed Latonick and drew a charging foul.
Even Tate admitted that he embellished the foul with my elbow it was hardly a bump." Navy coach Bob Hamilton refused to complain afterward and Tallent said, "We've even been homered at home this year. I'll take one call our way and run with it."
Holloran made the most of the turnover, Navys 17th to GW's nine. After 30 seconds of stall, GW worked a back-door play.
Holloran took Tate's pass and barreled into the midst of three players. Luckily, one was teammate Mike Samson. "I jumped up on Mike's shoulder and braced myself withon hand and flipped it up with the other. Actually, even though I was all spread out, it wasn't as awful a shot as it looked like."
With bodies flying and Hollaran ending up in a lump it was certainly the most spectacular bucketof the night - a perfect scoop swish.