TAMPA — Lanky Jesuit long-range specialist Joey Galvis, referred to as a “gunslinger” by his coach, also made a cameo as a rim-rattler Saturday night.
Amid the 3-point shellacking he and classmate Jack Fleming administered to Robinson, Galvis broke away for a one-handed dunk — his second ever in a game — in the Tigers’ 75-49 romp in the Class 5A, District 11 final.
“I’ve always contemplated (a dunk) to see if I could get it or not,” said Galvis, a 6-foot-2, 160-pound junior who led all scorers with a career-best 26 points. “But when I got my first one (in the regular season against Robinson), it built up some confidence.”
The Tigers (25-1), district champs for the first time in eight years, host Boca Ciega in a 5A postseason opener Thursday. Robinson (22-5), which had its 10-game win streak snapped, travels to Lakewood.
Brandishing an inside-outside balance that has led them to an undefeated record in Florida, the Tigers exploited the Knights’ zone and man-to-man looks. They led 34-18 at halftime thanks primarily to five combined treys from the Galvis-Fleming tandem.
“This is a special team we have this year,” Tigers coach Neal Goldman said. “We’ve played liked this all year. We really wanted to come out with intensity; really wanted to pressure them and create open-court shots. And we did a great job passing the ball.”
Fleming’s five treys for the night give him 80 for the season, breaking James Bunn’s school record set the previous decade. He finished with 19 points, three more than 6-foot-4 low-post star Travis Johnson, who kept the Knights honest underneath.
“It just felt good,” said Galvis, who also had five 3-pointers. “We were just getting it inside and then kicking it back out, and we were getting open looks.”