Thomas Militello of MICDS has a flair for the dramatic. The two-sport, Dartmouth bound quarterback bombed in a 25 foot three-pointer with 0:00 left on the first half clock, giving the Rams a narrow 29-19 lead.
Militello pumped a fist into the air as his teammates raced for the locker room and the break.
The Rams trampled visiting Principia 64-48 winning the final ABC title. Next year, Westminster Christian officially enters and the conference will be rebranded into the Metro League.
Sophomore Rashad Linsey topped the Rams with 20 points; Millitello had 12 and William Morehead had 12. Joe Colliatie led Prin with 20 points. Steve Hammond scored 15 and Justin Ball 10.
This was senior night for Militello, Michael Scherer and Foster Bundy. Militello and Scherer were with the varsity for four years, Bundy two.
“We won the league title my sophomore year. It feels great. We want more,” said Militello.
More means winning three games in the district tournament at their place next week. The Rams host University City Wednesday at 8:30 in one quarterfinal game. Westminster, the No. 1 seed faces the Clayton/Priory winner in the other Wednesday semifinal game.
Scherer, who will be taking his football talents to Missouri was glad to win.
“It was fun. We’ve got a lot of good guys on this team,” said Scherer.
Coach Matt Hixenbaugh kept it short and sweet.
“They (Principia) took a little run at us. We got stronger as the game went on,” he said addressing room full of winners.
He established the next goal for his Rams. He wants to win districts and match up with high-flying Soldan.
He gave a nod to his three seniors Bundy, Scherer and Militello.
The Rams return plenty of sound players. Returning will be Lindsey, William Morehead, Trey Pettus and Robin Thompson who have all had hands in wins this year.
The Rams are 15-8 and won the league title with a 9-1 record. Principia slipped to 9-12 and 1-8.