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District 3 Boys Basketball: Trinity vs Kutztown

Trinity's Sean Good reacts after defeating Kutztown 53-43 in the District 3 Class 3A Boys Basketball Championship on Wednesday evening at the Giant Center.

HERSHEY — Sean Good snared a rebound over a hapless Kutztown defender. His subsequent shot just before the third-quarter buzzer was off line.

The play was insignificance in Trinity’s 53-43 win in the District 3 Class 3A championship Wednesday night at Giant Center, but it was a truly remarkable play for other reasons.

The rebound, Good’s sixth and final of the night before he exited with a cut to the forehead that may require stitches, gave him 1,000 for his career. That’s rare enough. But he also became the first player in Trinity history to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks.How rare that is in high school basketball is tough to say, records for blocks and rebounds are not as accurately tracked at many schools, but nobody on Trinity’s basketball-savvy staff had ever seen a feat quite like that.

“It’s unbelievable. I mean, how often have you seen that?” said 34-year coach Larry Kostelac Jr., who is four wins shy of 700 in his own storied career. “We’ve never had a player like that, and I’ll probably never have another one able to achieve those goals.”

“I’ve been around basketball my whole life, I played Division I basketball, I’ve never heard of anybody who had 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks,” said assistant coach Jason Trumpy, who played at Robert Morris for two seasons and has been on Trinity’s staff for four years. “I don’t know of a single person who’s ever done that. So, it’s gotta be pretty rare.”

Said Good: “It means a lot to me.”

Good spoke with The Sentinel before the season about the possibility of the mark back when he committed to Lafayette. He wanted it then, knew it was possible. He could live without it if it meant another title and more team success, but it was still a unique milestone to work toward.

But it was still a tough ask. He needed health (check), a playoff run (check) and a good supporting cast (check) to get there. Perhaps a smidge of luck, too.

For a program with a storied history like Trinity — 17 District 3 titles, five in a row, numerous talented players going on to play in college — Good stands alone.

Where he sits in the pantheon of Shamrocks greats is a debate for another day, but Good’s four-year varsity career, which has includes four gold medals, is surely one of the best.

Consistency has been a hallmark. He’s played in no less than 24 games in a season (this season, still ongoing), scored no less than 200 points, grabbed no less than 228 rebounds and blocked no less than 100 shots. He is as steady as they come.

Being 6-foot-10 certainly helps, but so do brains and a willingness to battle inside for 20-plus games a year. Those last two traits, and his unselfishness — Good is a quality passer also nearing 200 assists in his career — have gotten him farther than the physical tools.

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“He’s an incredibly unselfish passer,” Trumpy said. “He’s a great kid, a combination of a lot of effort of his part. We just said the right words to get him motivated.”

Good, who was cleared just hours before the game to play after suffering a concussion in the district semifinal last week, is a vegan. Trumpy joked that it’s “the best kept secret in Pennsylvania.” Good is notorious for tracking what he eats and when, taking meticulous care of his body at all times.

Trumpy, who works with Good more than just about anyone on Trinity’s staff, also called him a sponge mentally.

The coaching staff uses metaphors, or talks to Good about strategy as if it’s chess. And the big man never blinks.

“He gets it,” Trumpy said. “He took to it like a duck to water.”

It’s been that way from Day 1, when he was a scrawny freshman hanging on for a ride that would be the first of his four district titles.

Asked after the game what category means the most, Good shunned the points. Trumpy would say similar later on when asked what makes the coaching staff proud.

“I would probably say, just out of sheer rarity, probably 1,000 rebounds and I guess 500 blocks,” Good said. “You know, 1,000 points is rare, but you can find them at most high schools.”

Trinity will need a special banner just for him.

Email Jake Adams at jadams@cumberlink.com or follow him on Twitter @jakeadams520

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