Thomas Worthington High School boys basketball coach Bob Miller thought that his team was on its way to squandering a victory Friday, but guard Nick Girardi made sure that didn't happen, hitting a 3-pointer with one second left to propel the Cardinals to a 50-47 win over visiting Upper Arlington.

Thomas Worthington High School boys basketball coach Bob Miller thought that his team was on its way to squandering a victory Friday, but guard Nick Girardi made sure that didn't happen, hitting a 3-pointer with one second left to propel the Cardinals to a 50-47 win over visiting Upper Arlington.

Thomas improved to 5-9 overall and 4-5 in the OCC-Central Division with its fifth ineight games. UA, which was seventh in the Division I state poll, endured its third loss in a row, falling to 10-3 and 6-2.


The Cardinals, who led by as many as 10 points in the first half and took a 26-18 lead into halftime, led throughout the second half until Golden Bears guard Kevin Sullivan hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to tie the score at 47.


"It looked like we were destined to lose that thing, but the kids battled," Miller said. "I thought they kept their poise."


Girardi led the Cardinals with 23 points.


"(UA) kept double-teaming (guard Eric Easley) every time we set a pick and we thought Nick had the hot hand, so we had Nick set the pick (for Easley) and pop (open)," Miller said, describing the set-up for the finalshot. "Eric got to ball back to Nick and we said, 'Nick, you win it.' And he canned it."


The buzzer sounded before UA could attempt ashot.


"It's a big win for us," said Cardinals guard Ty Craig, who scored seven points. "Everybody thinks they're one of the best in the state or in central Ohio, and we just stepped up and beat them."


Sullivan had 21 points to lead the Bears.


"For the first time, we lacked confidence," UA coach Tim Casey said. "For the first half, we played with no confidence. We played like a junior high team. We were very passive, very tentative, afraid to make a mistake.


"We came back a little bit (in the second half), but we dug ourselves such a big hole and that puts a lot of pressure on you."