After an exciting quarterfinals matchup on Saturday, Feb. 24, the final four featured (1) Paul VI vs. (4) Gonzaga and (2) DeMatha Catholic vs. (3) Bishop O’Connell.
Paul VI was coming into this game, going undefeated in WCAC regular season play and looking to cruise to another easy victory after defeating McNamara by 20 plus points.
This was a rematch of last year’s championship that was won by Gonzaga. Paul VI wanted revenge but knew it would not be easy.
The game started intense, as both teams went back and forth in scoring.
Penn State signee Myles Dread dropped 11 points in the first quarter and set the tone of the game for the Purple Eagles.
Unlike the St. John’s game, where Gonzaga had 10 turnovers in the first half, Gonzaga did a better job of taking care of the basketball.
It was PVI that was playing sloppy and as a result, they fell behind early.
PVI Guard Anthony Harris did his best to keep the Panthers in the game, scoring 11 points in the first half.
He was able to get to the rim with ease and forced Gonzaga to throw different looks at him.
However, Harris did not have much help from his supporting cast, and as a result, Gonzaga was able to dominate the paint.
At halftime, Gonzaga was up 10 and in full control of the game.
PVI knew they had to make adjustments and did so.
Instead of playing 2-3 zone, they switched to a full-court trap. This full court trap worked and forced Gonzaga to make sloppy mistakes.
PVI was able to get into the game, forcing the Gonzaga lead down to 6 but that’s as far as it went.
The Eagles were able to make adjustments and as a result, headed back to its third WCAC championship game in four years.
Gonzaga got great help from senior guard Anwar Gill and sophomore forward Terrance Williams, who each contributed 13 points.
PVI guard Anthony Harris finished with 20 points. The Eagles will face off against DeMatha Catholic on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. at Bender Arena on American University campus.
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