St. Martin’s guard Brandon Womac has spent too much time in the gym fine-tuning his 3-point shot to let a game-saving moment like this slip away.
Especially when you give him three chances.
So when St. Martin’s trailed by three points in the final minute of regulation, the senior guard knew he had to deliver.
He missed his first 3-point attempt, but a rebound was passed back out to him.
He missed the next one too, but his teammates got the rebound and gave him one more chance.
This time, Womac drained a 3-pointer with 8.6 seconds left to force overtime, and St. Martin’s went on to beat Haynes Academy 52-51 in the opening round of the St. Martin’s Invitational Tournament.
“The third time is the charm, right?” Womac asked afterward.
Womac scored a team-high 20 points to lead the Saints (7-1), who advanced to the semifinals and will play E.D. White at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Womac finished with six 3-pointers, three short of tying his career-best nine 3-pointers he made as a junior.
“Give credit to my dad,” Womac said about his 3-point success. “We work on it a lot.”
Womac’s clutch 3-pointer tied it at 44 at the end of regulation, then he opened up the overtime with a 3-pointer that put the Saints up 47-44. Kevin Bird followed with a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 50-44 and the Saints never looked back.
“That’s definitely Brandon’s role,” said St. Martin’s coach Michael Odom. “He knows without a doubt that as a scorer and a distributor, that’s what we expect from him. He missed some earlier in the season, and we talked to him about not getting down and having a quick memory. It served him well today. We have all the confidence in the world in him.”
Bird finished with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. The Saints finished with 11 3-pointers. There were times when that didn’t seem like it would be enough.
Haynes 6-foot-5 junior forward Stan West gave the Saints fits through the first three quarters. West finished with a game-high 22 points. During one stretch, he scored 12 consecutive points and 17 of 20 points for the Yellow Jackets (5-2).
Not bad considering West played despite being sick.
“I joked with him that he needs to get sick more often,” Haynes coach Steve Lauland said. “It was a hard-fought game, and both teams played with great effort. I thought we played with a lot of passion.”
Abdul Kandil finished with 14 points and Glen West, Stan’s 6-foot-8 older brother, scored nine. Glen West’s 3-pointer at the buzzer closed the game, but it was too little, too late.
Haynes will play Northlake Christian at 3 p.m. Friday.
Brett Pfefferle scored six points and Will Dean scored five for St. Martin’s, which trailed 13-10 after the first quarter.
“They started much better than we did,” Odom said after his team’s sixth consecutive win. “We took a lot of punches and finally started throwing some of our own.”
It was Womac, who transferred from Country Day last year, who threw the biggest punch, forcing overtime.
Not that his coach was surprised.
“He puts in the work,” Odom said. “He is not a good shooter by accident.”
Lusher 56, Hannan 41: Daryl Lewis scored 14 points and Darian Minor had 13 to lead the Lions (6-2) to an opening- round victory.
Lusher will play defending tournament champion Episcopal at 6:45 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.
Hannan, which dropped to 4-5, will play Ecole Classique in a losers bracket game at 4:15 Friday.
E.D. White 62, Northlake Christian 39: Kevin Johnson scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals (5-0). Jake Beason led Northlake Christian (0-5) with 13 points.