Written by: Tyler Smith
(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The President Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship game took place tonight (February 24, 2018) as the number one seed Thomas More College played host to the number two seed Bethany College inside the Connor Convocation Center (CCC). After a great game, the Saints walked away with a 78-73 victory making them the 2018 PAC Champions.
Looking to capture their second straight PAC Championship, the Saints played host to Bethany College in front of a crowd of over 1,000 people. With the regular season series tied at one a piece and both teams defending their home court the fans and teams knew before the game that the game would be one to remember. The Saints started off hot as they opened up with 7-0 run and held Bethany scoreless for the first four and a half minutes of the game. In the first half, the Saints got up by as many as 12 and were playing at a high intensity level. Heading into the locker room the Saints were led by senior guard Michael Griffin who had 12 points on 4-4 from the 3-point line and junior guard Damion King who had eight points and ten rebounds. In the second half the Bison came out tough as they eventually took a lead and made the game very intenseuntil the very last second of play.
The Saints had seven players reach the scoring column tonight and were led by junior guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky/ George Rogers Clark) who finished the game with a double-double as he scored the game high 23 points and collected 13 rebounds. Along with King, senior guard Michael Griffin (Crestwood, Ky/ South Oldham) finished with 12 points and junior guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky/ Male) finished with 17 points.
The Bison of Bethany College had seven players reach the scoring column and out of those seven, four scored double digits. Along with senior guard Calique Jones who put up 22 points, Andrew Williams put up 14 points, Chalec Truex put up 13 points and Trey Shifflet finished with 10 points.
This wrapped up the Saints conference tournament play and will learn Monday, February 26th who they will play in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.