Aquinas overcame a seven-point halftime deficit against St. Francis Friday evening to capture its first boys basketball state championship.
“I feel like the happiest man on earth,” senior Trent Gomillion said shortly after the win. “Man, money can’t even buy this feeling right now.”
Gomillion led his team with 16 points and 14 rebounds and was a major facilitator in transition, especially with fellow senior Trent Bowdre.
“I’m probably not going to get over this till I die,” Bowdre smiled. “It feels so good.”
He admitted there were some nerves early on but the team found its groove when they outscored St. Francis 25-9 in the third quarter on their way to a 65-60 win.
“I came out nervous but second half I knew I had to help my team win,” Bowdre said. “This my last year, so I knew I had to help my team.”
Aquinas head coach Darren Douglas coached Bowdre and Gomillion in 7th and 8th grade on the AAU level and now they end their high school careers as state champions together.
“This is pure joy,” Douglas said. “Pure exhaustion too. We’ve been going hard a long time and I told the boys I was glad that we got to get this result, because in life when you chase something hard and you chase it as hard as that, you’ll get a good result.”