Pat Gavin did everything he could to help Holy Cross reach the PIAA Class 2A final. He scored 33 points, including 27 in the second half, as the Crusaders tried to rally from a 21-point halftime deficit against Constitution in the state semifinals. Unfortunately, the comeback fell short, 69-64.
Here is more from Galvin’s interview:
Other sports I play: Soccer, track & field
Favorite teams: Toronto Raptors, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Steelers
Athletes I admire: Michael Jordan. He didn’t make his high school varsity team until his junior and senior year, then made it in the NBA and is one of the best players. Also Shaquille O’Neal. From hearing stories about him, he seems like a great guy and fun to be around.
Superstitions and rituals: My mom always puts my number (11) on three water bottles and they have to be on the left side of my bag. And I listen to pop music before (a game).
Favorite food: Pierogies and pasta
Three people I’d like to have dinner with. Jordan Spieth, Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey.
Even though the team lost, was it a little easier to take because of the way you fought back in the second half? It was a little easier to take. We showed a tremendous amount of heart. You can see that we cared. We really wanted to win the game. It just didn’t happen.
Five of the team’s seven losses this season were by a total of 15 points. It just shows that we could compete with anybody. We knew we could. We just went out there and although we lost a couple we also won a couple close games.
You often had to play out of position — inside in the post. How were you able to handle it despite being at a size disadvantage? I just used my quickness in the post. I had a quick spin move that I could finish around. And if they tried to block it, I would just ball fake and go up with it. Defensively, coach Callejas’ game plan was to front the post, which I did. Hopefully, I got help over the top.
How did you do on your NCAA bracket? I’m in first in one, but the other I didn’t do too well. I have Villanova winning it and they’re still doing well.
Post-graduation plans: I plan on attending King’s College and I’d like to play basketball. I’m going to dual major in accounting and criminal justice. I’ve always been good at math. And criminal justice, I have a patriotic side in me. I feel like I need to give back.