*** ACCA ***
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The first semifinal in the National Championship Tournament of the ACCA (Association of Christian College Athletics) was played between the Defending Champions – the ARLINGTON BAPTIST COLLEGE PATRIOTS – and the HILLSDALE FREE WILL BAPTIST COLLEGE SAINTS. The Patriots could just smell a return to the title game and had compiled a 45-31 lead by the Halftime buzzer. In the 2nd Half every run by the trailing Saints was answered by another run by Arlington Baptist College. The Patriots thus kept Hillsdale at arm’s-length the rest of the way and ultimately won by a final score of 95-77. Up next Arlington Baptist tries to make it back-to-back national titles in the ACCA!
SECOND SEMIFINAL – The battle for the other slot in the title game pitted the FAITH BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE EAGLES against the heavily favored DALLAS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CRUSADERS. The Eagles faced a very early 10-7 deficit but a 17-2 run put them out in front of the Crusaders. After that the lead went back and forth with Dallas Christian College clinging to a tight 42-40 lead at Halftime. After the break the lead was exchanged several more times before Faith Baptist got a bit of separation, then made clutch free-throws late to preserve a 92-85 upset win. Josh Bray led the Eagles with 28 points while teammates Jon Luke Talton, Ryan Kupferschmid and Aaron Leistikow notched Double Doubles.
CONSOLATION BRACKET – GAME ONE – This game in the Consolation Bracket found the OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE AMBASSADORS in a hardcourt grudge match with the storied RHEMA BIBLE COLLEGE EAGLES. The Ambassadors took charge early and never let up. By the midpoint Ozark Christian College held a 42-32 advantage and kept adding to that after the break. In the end the Ambassadors plucked the Eagles clean to the tune of 98-72.
CONSOLATION BRACKET – GAME TWO – An orgy of offense was on tap in this epic battle between the ASSOCIATION FREE LUTHERAN BIBLE SCHOOL CONQUERORS and the CROSSROADS COLLEGE KNIGHTS. The game was knotted up at Halftime 44-44 and the points kept coming hard and fast in the 2nd Half. Only one team could win, however, and that team was the Conquerors, who put up a Century Club-level 100 points to the 93 scored by the Knights.
CONSOLATION BRACKET – GAME THREE – The two teams clashing in this game were the CHAMPION BAPTIST COLLEGE TIGERS and the EMMAUS BIBLE COLLEGE EAGLES. Smothering defense was the key to the 1st Half as the Tigers led the Eagles at the buzzer by just 29-28. Overtime was on the menu when Regulation ended in a 62-62 tie. In the extra session the Tigers emerged with a 70-68 nailbiter of a win.
*** USCAA DIVISION ONE ***
CONSOLATION BRACKET – CONCLUDING GAME – The 5 seeds – the FLORIDA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CONQUISTADORS and the 7th seeded IOWA WESLEYAN COLLEGE TIGERS played for the Consolation Prize in this year’s USCAA National Tournament. The Conquistadors led 56-53 after an action-packed 1st Half and from there coasted to a comfortable 96-79 victory. Quantavis Hall led Florida National University with 26 points. On Saturday the National Championship Game will pit Rochester College against Daemen College.
*** USCAA DIVISION TWO ***
FIRST SEMIFINAL – A marathon game was in store for this first berth in the Division Two Championship Game in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). The 2nd seeded BERKELEY COLLEGE (NY) KNIGHTS took on the 6th seeded COLLEGE OF SAINT JOSEPH’S FIGHTING SAINTS. The Knights held a 50-41 lead at Halftime but the Fighting Saints came back to tie the game at 84-84 to force Overtime. The 1st OT ended in a 95-95 tie and the 2nd in a 104-104 tie. Finally, in the THIRD OVERTIME Berkeley College at last emerged with a 115-111 triumph. Daquan Seymour had a Double Double of 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Knights’ bench.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – There wasn’t nearly as much drama for the other berth in the title game. The 9 seeds – the PENN STATE AT MONT ALTO NITTANY LIONS squared off against the 4th seeded JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY (NC) WILDCATS. The Wildcats were on top 30-23 at the intermission but could not contain the Nittany Lion offense in the 2nd Half. PSU-Mont Alto came back to win this defensive epic of a game by a final score of 59-50. Jeremiah Mitchell led the victors with 15 points.
CONSOLATION BRACKET – Two other Penn State system teams were victorious in yesterday’s Consolation Games. First the 10th seeded PENN STATE AT FAYETTE ROARING LIONS and 3rd seeded CENTRAL PENN COLLEGE SILVER KNIGHTS each made the Century Club. The Roaring Lions won this shootout 124-119. ### And the 5 seeds – the PENN STATE AT YORK NITTANY LIONS – added to the embarrassment of the top seeded SOUTHERN MAINE COLLEGE SEA WOLVES by defeating them in an 83-79 thriller.
*** NAIA ***
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