The Elphinstone Cougars took full advantage of their extra day of rest, the played with more poise and more energy than the STA FIghting Saints who were playing their 3rd game in three nights and cruised to a 71-54 victory to win the 2014 AA Howe Sound Championship.
In each of the previous two games STA surrendered an early lead in the first quarter and were able to quickly come back and even things out before the end of the first half. This was not the case tonight as the Fighting Saints trailed by 15 points at the end of the first quarter. Elphinstone maintained a very consistent work ethic throughout the game, and never gave the Fighting Saints a window to mount a comeback. The Cougars led by 24 at the half, and STA could not close the gap in the second half. The Howe Sound double knock out format lived up to its billing as one of the toughest tournaments in the Province. The Cougars took full advantage of their extra day of rest and were able cruise to victory. "I am so happy of these kids, many of them have put in five years of really hard work to get to this game and it looks like it paid off for us in the end," said Elphinstone coach Michael Sopow after the win.
TJ Turenne had another every strong game for Elphinstone controlling the offensive tempo and putting in great effort at the defensive end of the floor. Turenne finished with 18 points and was selected Tournament MVP. The diminutive Alex Loitz had another very strong game with 14 points and was selected the NO REGRETS Player of the Final Game.
STA was once again led by the backcourt tandem of Mico Carrion and Christian Diego who had 24 and 10 points respectively. Carrion and Diego were selected to the Tournament All-Star team along with team mate Conrad Tomaszkiewicz. Nathan Haglund and Nolan LeWarne both from Elphinstone rounded out the Tournament All-Star Team.
Elphinstone and STA both qualified for the AA Provincial Tournament which will be held in Langley later this month.