The Saint Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints captured the second North Shore berth in the AA Provincial Championships with a 75-63 victory over the Bodwell Bruins in tonight's sudden death game in the Howe Sound Tournament. The Fighting Saints will now play the Elphinstone Cougars in tomorrow night's Howe Sound FInal.
Bodwell got off to a fast start in the first quarter, but the Saints found their rhythm and the game was tied at 16 after the first quarter. Christian Diego of STA started to heat up in the second corner hitting 5 3's as STA took a 37-30 lead to the locker took at halftime.
After the break STA was able to build on their lead, and increased the margin to as many as 11 points before Bodwell put together a 14-0 run and took a 53-49 lead at the end of the second quarter.
The game remained close for most of the 4th quarter when it started raining 3's in the STA gym! Christian Diego put on a show draining a school record eleven 3 pointers in total but Bodwell continued to fight back and the Bruins pulled to within 4 with two and a half minutes remaining. But that was as close as they would get as the Fighting Saints hit their free throws down the stretch and won 75-63.
Christian Diego led all scorers with 41 points and Mico Carrion had another strong outing for the Saints scoring 20 points. Takeshi Iso led Bodwell scorers with 15 points.
STA will not play Elphinstone tomorrow night at 6:15 at STA. In the double knockout Howe Sound Tournament, STA will need to beat Elphinstone on consecutive nights to take the championship.