Paul defeats Athanasius by 3, 69-66.
--"Paul of Tarsus once again demonstrated his dominance over the court by edging out a fiesty Athanasius. Paul's strengths in this game--stamina, creativity, and depth--were augmented by using strategically placed time outs to pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help him win souls to Christ (as well as the Basketball game). Athanasius caused a bit of a scene when he refused to leave the court, but eventually retreated when Pope Gregory the Great, who exited in the Sweet Sixteen, came down personally assured him this wasn't another excommunication, just a game."
Thomas Aquinas defeats Augustine in quadruple overtime! 100-99.
--"This game started with each men bowing to the spirit of God in the other man reverantly, and an sotto voce exchange of 'I really hate to do this.' 'Yes, me too.' 'It's all for the greater glory of God, right?' 'Absolutely. By the way, can I get a signed copy of the Summa from you?' 'Only if I can get one of De Trinitate.' Then the two men fought through this game tooth and claw. The score went back and forth a total 50 times, Augustine dazzling the awestruck crowd with his poetic lay-ups and complete slam-dunks, and Thomas moving gracefully from play to play and ending with a fluid swoosh every score (no backboard necessary). Both men also played a dazzling defensive game, Augustine stealing the ball with flair and gusto, and Thomas blocking the ball like he was a wall. The ball was never loose throughout the entire game. Thomas ended up winning on an unexpected three-pointer from near midcourt. The crowd rushed the floor for scraps of the nets (third order relics) while Thomas and Augustine left the court for a refreshing hour of eucharistic adoration together."
Championship game: Paul of Tarsus v. Thomas Aquinas, Wednesday, March 28.