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Milestone takes extra work

In an overtime thriller, Warriors coach Dave Bintz captured his 500th career victory with a 47-44 triumph over Oldsmar Christian.

By DOUG KATES
Published January 13, 2007


CLEARWATER - They filled the bleachers, sat in the doorways, behind the hoop and in every nook and cranny of space available in the Calvary Christian High gymnasium.

In an overtime thriller, Warriors coach Dave Bintz captured his 500th career victory with a 47-44 triumph over Oldsmar Christian.

"I've had some good celebrations," Bintz said after receiving a special basketball and plaque to mark the milestone win. "This one was more of a relief. I think the kids felt a lot of the pressure. They wanted to do it for the coach."

With 3:22 left in the fourth quarter and the Eagles ahead 36-30, it appeared the celebration was not going to take place. With less than 40 seconds to play, Oldsmar Christian still led 36-33, but then Calvary Christian senior Brian Horrach hit a 3-pointer to tie it.

Bintz said he never had the chance to tell Horrach to look for a shot from long distance, however.

"He's been here for four years. He knew what I wanted."

"I knew I was going to hit that shot," Horrach said. "That was my opportunity and I went for it."

One minute into the overtime, Oldsmar's leading scorer, David Minaya, fouled out. Chris Perez scored all eight of the Eagles' points in the extra period, but it was not enough. Horrach said he knew the game was over when his teammates started going to the free-throw line, where they were 5-for-7 down the stretch.

Bintz, in his 32nd season, said not only was it a proud moment to beat the Eagles (11-6) for only the second time in seven years, but that he enjoyed the atmosphere.

Seven years ago he started the basketball program with no more than 14 kids. Friday night his 15-2 team stretched the house beyond capacity.

"It feels good to have started something," he said.