The Sentinel Spartans held the West Vancouver Highlanders to 2 points in the 4th quarter to squeak out a 57-48 victory in the late game of the 4A Howe Sound Championship. The game was a tightly fought contest where neither team was able to sustain momentum for long periods of time. The Spartans took a 2 point lead to the locker room at the half but West Van was up 39-35 after five minutes of play in the third quarter, and built that lead to 6 points by the end of the third quarter.
It looked like West Van was ready to pull off the upset but Sentinel adjusted and went to a triangle and 2 defence in the 4th quarter which proved very successful. Braeden Fitzpatrick hit a 3 with 4 minutes remaining to put Sentinel up 49-48 and the Sentinel defence shut the door as they outscored West Van 17-2 in the final quarter.
Braeden Fitzpatrick led all scorers with 19 points and was selected Player of the Game for Sentinel. Grade 10 guard Triston Matthews also had a strong game for Sentinel with 14 points. The West Vancouver backcourt tandem of Mike Fedak and Luke Ryan combined for 29 points with Fedak leading West Van scorers with 15 points and Ryan had 14. Sentinel will now play Handsworth on Monday night and West Van will play Argyle in an elimination game.