This game was more than your typical homecoming affair.
The arena was buzzing before tip, with fans piling in unable to find seats in the tightly packed Inman gym. Cars lined the highway, parked blocks away from the high school.
It was more than just homecoming because fans and parents of both schools knew just what was on the line. And with just 15 miles separating the two schools, this game was an easy one for Trinity Catholic to fill out the gym on the road.
Inman has been ranked atop the KBCA rankings for Class 2A for nearly two months. Trinity has made a steady climb, hitting a new peak of 5 this week. And the two ranked teams put on a show.
The game was a back and forth contest for much of the first quarter, Trinity holding a 12-10 lead at the end of one. They score the first 7 points of the second, getting the lead to it's game high point of 9. But it was a low scoring game, Trinity holding just a 20-15 lead at the break.
Then it continued on its back and forth pace. Inman tied the game up at 26, keeping it within two scores for a majority of the second half. But they just couldn't break through to grab a lead on the Celtics.
With the fourth quarter winding down, Kaleb Hammeke hit a stunning step-back three that felt like it could be a dagger, giving Trinity a 41-36 lead. But Inman wouldn't quit, getting two steals to lead to four points in lieu of fouling late. But the 1 point deficit was as close as they would come, with Trinity scoring the game's last eight points from the free throw line to ice the game, a 49-40 upset of the top ranked Teutons.
The fans that made the trip, even the hometown fans got their money's worth with the game on the court living up to the hype entering play.
Kaleb Hammeke lead all scorers with his 21, followed by his brother Lucas adding 13. Jaxon Eddy and Payton Froese dropped 10 apiece to lead the way for Inman.
Trinity now sits at the top of the Heart of America league alone with a 7-0 mark in league play, ahead of Inman's 7-1 league record.