The St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team completed the "hat trick" on Wednesday night at the Gael Center.
For the third time this season, the Gaels defeated Mercersburg Academy - but it didn't come easy.
This time it was 60-55 as John Duhring connected for 18 points and teammate Kevin Breslin added 15.
The Gaels hit seven 3-point baskets and made 11-of-19 foul shots but missed key free throws in the closing minutes, and an impatient offensive attack bothered coach Cokey Robertson.
"We played just good enough to win," Robertson said. "We're not being patient enough on offense and the missed foul shots at the end of the game could have really cost us. We need to play better.
"This game was similar to the other two. We won but things didn't come easy."
Goretti (8-9) jumped to an 11-8 first-quarter lead on Wednesday but struggled in the second period before a late flurry of points turned the game around.