*** NAIA ***
ROUND TWO GAME ONE – The 10th seeded MIDLAND UNIVERSITY WARRIORS and the 7th seeded SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS fought it out for the first slot in the Elite Eight. The Cougars got off to a quick 7-3 lead but with just 4:30 left in the Half everything was tied up at 21-21. From there the Warriors dominated til the buzzer sounded and took a 37-23 lead into the break. With just 2:06 left in the game the tally stood at 57-56, Midland. This became a 64-59 Warrior lead as the final seconds ticked off, with the Cougars making it a 64-61 final score as time expired.
ROUND TWO GAME TWO – The 9th seeded DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PANTHERS did battle with the 8th seeded BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY BRUINS in the second game of the day yesterday. At one point in the opening Half the Panthers led the Bruins 29-19 but by Halftime the score was a much closer count of Davenport 31 Bellevue 29. In the closing 20 minutes the tension continued with any run by the Panthers met by one on the part of the Bruins. By the time all was said and done in this Instant Classic the score was 67-65 for the day’s second straight upset!
ROUND TWO GAME THREE – In a bit of Wesleyan Warfare the 5th seeded INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS went into action against the (unseeded) OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES. The Wildcats did their part to cut down on the number of surviving teams that go by the incredibly overused nickname of Eagles. IWU converted a 36-28 Halftime advantage into an 87-75 final score and joined Midland and Davenport in the Elite Eight.
ROUND TWO GAME FOUR – THE KING IS DEAD … The (unseeded) SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE ensured that there will be a new national champion in NAIA2 basketball at the end of this tournament. The Fire rose up and dragged down the top seeded defending champions – the CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES – in a seismic shock to the nation! Southeastern University already had the CSU faithful worried at Halftime with their 32-27 lead, but as the 2nd Half wore on those worries turned to alarm to outright panic and then to massive disappointment. The Fire advance to the Elite Eight with a 71-70 upset win for the ages!
ROUND TWO GAME FIVE – The (unseeded) FRIENDS UNIVERSITY FALCONS added yet ANOTHER upset to yesterday’s festivities in the NAIA National Tournament. The Falcons put an abrupt end to the quest of the 4th seeded CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES to win their first national title since 2011. A 38-29 Friends lead at the break proved to be more than just a fluke as the Falcons stayed tough in the 2nd Half, going on to win the game 79-69.
ROUND TWO GAME SIX – In a highly unlikely turn of events the NAIA’s reigning champions AND the previous year’s runners-up both fell on the same day of the tournament. The (unseeded) ROBERT MORRIS (IL) UNIVERSITY EAGLES kept the upset mojo rolling in their donnybrook with the 3rd seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS. The Grenadiers got off to a 7-0 start, then stalled as the Eagles went on a THIRTY TWO to TWO run of their own. IUS came out of their funk and made it a 37-28 game at Halftime. With 40 seconds to play in the game a 66-66 tie became a 69-66 RMU lead and ultimately a 71-66 upset victory for the Eagles.
ROUND TWO – GAME SEVEN – Two unseeded teams fought it out in this game as the BETHEL (IN) COLLEGE PILOTS (riverboat pilots) and the COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS BOBCATS played for the next berth in the Elite Eight. The Pilots went on an 11-4 run to start the game but this was countered by an 11-0 run by the Bobcats. By Halftime Bethel College had regained the momentum and led the game 37-27. The Pilots’ Patrick Oetting left the game with an injury at the start of the 2nd Half and the Bobcats capitalized on his absence to make it a 44-41 game. Everything stayed tight til the very end, which saw the Pilots advance by a final score of 67-64.
ROUND TWO – GAME EIGHT – Another Round Two game and another upset. The (unseeded) WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN faced the 11th seeded ST THOMAS (FL) UNIVERSITY BOBCATS and had them down early, converting a 21-11 lead into a 53-35 advantage by the break. The Bobcats came out of the locker room on a 10-2 run to start the 2nd Half but the Statesmen were way too hot to stop, especially from 3-point range, shooting 53% from there. William Penn was unstoppable the rest of the way and completed the 2014 Elite Eight with a Century Club- level 106-83 triumph.
*** NCCAA DIV TWO ***
SEMIFINALS – GAME ONE – The 2014 edition of the Final Four in Division Two of the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) got underway with the top seeded defending champions – the OHIO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS – going up against the 5th seeded GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE TIGERS. This was a very entertaining game from start to finish but in the end the Trailblazers pulled away for a 79-64 win and a return to the championship game.
SEMIFINALS – GAME TWO – The other installement of the 2014 Final Four for this division of the NCCAA was played between the 2nd seeded ARLINGTON BAPTIST COLLEGE PATRIOTS (already the ACCA National Champions) and the 3 seeds – the LANCASTER BIBLE COLLEGE CHARGERS. This was a tighter game all the way through and after 40 minutes of unbridled fury the final score was Patriots 70 Chargers 65. It will be Arlington Baptist College versus Ohio Christian University for the NCCAA2 National Championship!
CONSOLATION BRACKET – GAME ONE – On Day Three of the National Tournament in Division Two of the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) the latest Consolation Bracket game pitted the 7th seeded NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY RAMS against the 6th seeded GRACE UNIVERSITY ROYALS. The Rams were able to pull off the mild upset, defeating the Royals in Overtime by a final score of 63-62 in a game neither team is likely to forget.
CONSOLATION BRACKET – GAME TWO – The day’s second game in the Consolation Bracket was played between the 4th seeded WEST COAST BAPTIST COLLEGE EAGLES and the 9th seeded PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE EAGLES. In this battle of like-named teams the higher seeded West Coast Baptist College took out their frustration over their early exit from the title chase on the PCC squad, defeating them by a healthy margin of 90-71.
*** NCCAA DIV ONE ***
CENTRAL REGION – SEMIFINALS – On Day Two of the Regional Tournaments in Division One of the NCCAA the Central Region held its semifinal clashes. The 2nd seeded COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY COUGARS eliminated the 3 seeds – the MIDAMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS in an entertaining 86-79 affair. ### And in the other Regional Semifinal the top seeded SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY CRIMSON STORM handily bounced the 4th seeded DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PATRIOTS by a score of 75-64. The Crimson Storm advances to the Regional Championship game.
MID-EAST REGION – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This region’s crown was being fought over by the 2nd seeded UNION (TN) UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS and the top seeded BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS. When the dust settled the Bulldogs delivered an upset win by a final score of 91-76. * The Bulldogs move on to the NCCAA Division One National Tournament.
SOUTH REGION – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The last two squads left standing in the South Region were the 3rd seeded CARVER COLLEGE COUGARS and the top seeded SOUTHERN WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WARRIORS. After a terrific and competitive game the Cougars began to establish separation and defeated the Warriors in a 95-82 brouhaha. * The Cougars advance to the NCCAA Division One National Tournament.
WEST REGION – Last Saturday the West Region Championship was won by the POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY SEA LIONS.
*** NJCAA ***
SEMIFINALS – GAME ONE – *** DEFENDING CHAMPIONS DETHRONED *** The NAIA’s Cardinal Stritch University wasn’t the only reigning basketball champion to fall yesterday. The BROOKDALE COLLEGE JERSEY BLUES, the current title holders in the NJCAA, faced the ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE GOLDEN EAGLES and lost to them in just their SECOND loss of the 2013-2014 season. The Golden Eagles led at Halftime 40-33 then shut down the usually potent and frequently Century Club- caliber Jersey Blues offense in the 2nd Half. RVC – whose Jared Mayes led all scorers with 27 points – moves on to the championship game with this 80-59 stunner.
SEMIFINALS – GAME TWO – And it wasn’t just the defending champs getting beaten in yesterday’s NJCAA semifinals, either. The 2013 runners-up – the EASTFIELD COLLEGE HARVESTERS – also found themselves getting knocked out of title competition so, like in the NAIA the NJCAA’s champs and runners-up fell on the same day. In the case of the Harvesters their end came at the hands of the CALDWELL TECH COBRAS in what turned out to be the closest NJCAA game of the day. The Cobras outlasted the Harvesters in a 72-68 game for the ages!
CONSOLATION BRACKET – GAME ONE – The ANOKA RAMSEY COLLEGE GOLDEN RAMS and the HERKIMER COUNTY COLLEGE GENERALS were the participants in this game. After an explosive opening Half the Golden Rams were clinging to a 54-53 lead at the break. Afterward the game remained tight all the way to the end with neither team managing a breakaway run. The final score was Golden Rams 91 Generals 87. In defeat Herkimer’s Wendall Williams led all scorers with his 32 points.
CONSOLATION BRACKET – GAME TWO – In this figurative catfight the NASSAU COUNTY COLLEGE LIONS took on the LINCOLN COLLEGE OF NEW ENGLAND WILDCATS. Nassau was in control by Halftime by a count of 33-25. The margin virtually stayed in stasis from that point on, believe it or not. Both teams scored 35 points in the 2nd Half, making the final result 68-60. Scoring was spread around pretty evenly – the night’s leading scorer was Nassau’s Jaleel White with just 15 points.