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LOWER ALLEN TWP. — The Trinity Shamrocks used a strong fourth quarter to top Camp Hill 65-56, keeping their hopes alive for a fifth straight District 3 championship and guaranteeing themselves a PIAA playoff bid.

Down by as much as seven in the third quarter and trailing 44-42 entering the final period of the District 3 Class 3A quarterfinals on Monday night at Trinity High School, the Shamrocks knocked down a couple of open looks on their way to seizing control of the contest between Mid-Penn Capital rivals.

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District 3 Boys Basketball: Camp Hill at Trinity
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As much as the game was about Trinity's win, it was also briefly about individual success.

Beginning the fourth quarter, Sean Good got loose underneath to lay-in a basket while getting fouled in the process.

The Lafayette commit calmly drained the free throw to give the Shamrocks the lead and register the 1,000th point of his career.

The 6-foot-11 senior finished with 21 points while also pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking eight shots on the evening. It was one of his better performances of the season.

“It was a goal of mine coming into the season, and to get it in this win feels great,” Good said. “At halftime, we all got on the same page in that second half. It was a total team effort.”

The milestones likely won't end there for the big man. Good has 988 rebounds and 493 blocks in his four-year career. He could top 1,000 and 500 as early as the district semifinals, putting him in rare space with 1,000 points, 1,000 boards and 500 stuffs.

Matt Long made a 3-pointer with 6:09 left to give Trinity (No. 3, 18-5) the 49-48 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

A Good dunk followed, and Long drove to the basket for another bucket to push the lead out to seven points. After that, it was a matter of the Shamrocks making their free throws in the homestretch, which they did to the tune of 9-for-11 from the line.

“We still had that lead at the end of the third quarter,” Lions’ head coach Scott Barrows said. “You’ve got to make shots down the stretch, and we didn’t. Matt Long hit a couple of big shots for them. When we beat them at our place, they didn’t do that.

“Whoever’s got a lead with four minutes to go is probably going to win that game between us.”

Alex Landis and sophomore Jake Perry tried valiantly to keep the Lions in the contest, as they combined for 11 points in the fourth quarter. Perry led Camp Hill with 17 points, and Landis chipped in 15 in the losing effort.

“The reason Jake is rising up as much as he is is because of the work he puts in outside of our practice with the AAU schedule that he plays,” Barrows said. “That’s why Jake can play like he’s a senior right now. He’s probably played 100 games the past two summers.”

The game began as a back and forth affair you would expect from teams that split their previous two contests this season. A balanced attack from Camp Hill (No. 6, 11-12) and early foul trouble from Trinity point guard Mike Scarpelli allowed the Lions to match the Shamrocks shot for shot in the early going.

Larry Kostelac Jr.’s Shamrocks relied on long-range shooting from Long, with two treys, and the height advantage of Good to pull ahead 27-25, but Camp Hill closed on a 7-1 run to take the 32-28 advantage at the break.

Camp Hill ends their second-straight season with a first-round exit in the District 3 playoffs while Trinity moves on in the Class 3A postseason to play Thursday night at 7 against No. 2 Steel-High (15-7), another Capital Division rival, at CD East High School.

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