Jerry Karczewski, who nearly brought the house down at San Ramon Valley High, seems unaffected by his newfound place in Wolves’ basketball lore.
Karczewski’s deep 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in overtime gave the Wolves a dramatic 59-56 win over rival Monte Vista in front of a packed house on Jan. 28.
Looking back on it a week later, Karczewski took the win in stride. The Wolves have a lot more work to do.
“It was a big game, but we knew we could beat anyone because we’re a good team,” Karczewski said.
Count the game as another epic battle between storied Danville rivals. The Stang Mob and the Wolves’ 6th Man cheering sections were at full throttle throughout the tense contest.
Karczewski, who had a game-high 19 points, including five 3-pointers, reflected on his huge three in OT, which came off a Gregg Polosky pick.
“Coach had me have the ball at the top,” Karczewski said. “We wanted a screen at the top, and I was open. There was, like, two seconds left on the shot clock, and so I just shot it from pretty deep.”
Monte Vista thus suffered its first loss of the season, but the Wolves and Mustangs both won their next league games on Friday. Monte Vista and De La Salle entered Tuesday night’s action tied for first place, with San Ramon Valley one game back
After Karczewski’s clutch shot, Wolves’ supporters held their collective breath as Monte Vista quickly inbounded the ball, but Trevor John’s shot from just beyond half court went in and out as time expired.
How close was John’s shot?
“It was really close,” Karczewski said.
Polosky was also a hero in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime with a jumperoff the glass off a rebound. Polosky also had a follow jam in overtime that electrified the crowd.
The Wolves cause match-up problems with the 6-foot-9 Polosky and 6-10 David Gunn clogging up the lane. Gunn had 12 points and Polosky 13 against the Mustangs. Monte Vista’s Grant Jackson had a big night with 16 points.