KINGSTON – Dimitri Gnall started Thursday’s game by scoring in the lane to reach a career milestone.
Gnall ended it by blocking a shot as time expired to secure the biggest win of the season to date for Wyoming Seminary, 45-43, over visiting Holy Redeemer.
On the night that the JB Hoops alum scored his 1,000th career point, he did much more.
Gnall finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.
The win allowed Wyoming Seminary to break a first-place tie with Holy Redeemer in Division 3 of the Wyoming Valley Conference. The Blue Knights also added to their ratings lead in the race for the District 2 Class 3A playoffs top seed and secured their position above Holy Redeemer as the top-ranked team in the Small School Boys portion of the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings for District 2.
Gnall helped Wyoming Seminary build a 14-point lead in the third quarter, then protected the last of that lead when Holy Redeemer ran an in-bounds play with six seconds left.
First, Gnall helped stop Collin Cook’s drive near the foul line. Then, he recovered quickly, racing toward the corner where he went airborne and deflected Josh Andrejko’s shot. By the time the ball came down, the game was over.
“I saw Collin coming off the screen,” Gnall said. “I knew he was looking to the corner, so I just ran to (Andrejko), tried to contest the shot and I got the block.”
Gnall has increased his production over last season when he was the division Player of the Year. He is averaging 21.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.