The atmosphere was loud and the spectators were more boisterous than ever inside the Bender Arena. However, these things did not phase the Gonzaga Eagles, as they were able to defeat the Paul VI Panthers, 68 -55, for their 2nd WCAC title in the last 2 years.
The WCAC championship started off like any other type of championship that you would expect: Competitive, Lively, and Energetic. There was barely 2 minutes left in the first quarter, when it became evident that Paul VI was in foul trouble; they committed 6 fouls, which prevented its players from getting an offensive momentum. At the end of the 1st quarter, the score was 20-11, with Gonzaga leading. Then in the 2nd quarter, Gonzaga allowed its defense to turn into offense by forcing many turnovers. Just when it seemed that things couldn’t get any worse for the Panthers, key guard Jeremy Roach picked up his 3rd foul. The Eagles soon encountered foul trouble of their own with star guard Prentiss Hubb picked up his 2nd foul in the 2nd quarter. This allowed Paul VI the opportunity to steadily lower their deficit to 10 points with a 33-23 half time score.
The second half presented more foul trouble for Paul VI, picking up a number of fouls within minutes. As a result, the Panthers had to switch to a full court trap so they could pressure the Eagles. This adjustment seemed to be beneficial as the Panthers were able to force some turnovers; though, they did not convert their shots into points. Consequently, the Eagles continued their torrid scoring making the game 49-34 at the end of the 3rd.
Before the 4th quarter began, The Purple Eagle fan student section could not contain their excitement, as it was becoming more evident that their team was coming closer to winning another championship. Wanting to give the fans more to cheer about, Chris Lykes decided to takeover over in the quarter. His big quarter ruined the Panthers final attempt to get back in the game. The final score was 68-55. When the clock had expired, Gonzaga students stormed the court to congratulate its players for all they had done. It was truly a happy scene to close out the WCAC season.