CASCADE COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE
FIRST SEMIFINAL – This game pitted the 4th seeded OREGON TECH HUSTLIN’ OWLS against the 3 seeds – the COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES. The Hustlin’ Owls put the Coyotes on Upset Alert by Halftime with a 34-26 advantage, then went on to consummate the deal by defeating College of Idaho by a final score of 75-69. Appropriately enough Joel Yellow Owl was the high scorer for Oregon Tech with his THIRTY-ONE points.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – The 8 seeds – the CORBAN UNIVERSITY WARRIORS – remained the big story of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament. In the Quarterfinals they became the first 8 seed in Conference history to defeat a 1 seed. In this Semifinal the Warriors kept their upset mojo going by toppling the 2nd seeded EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS. Corban University parlayed a 53-40 lead over EOU at the break into a Century Club-level 100-90 triumph led by AJ Monterossi’s THIRTY-TWO points.
KANSAS COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The 4th seeded SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILERS took the court against the top seeds – the TABOR COLLEGE BLUEJAYS. The Moundbuilders were determined to make it to their second straight KCAC Championship Game and by Halftime had compiled a 45-41 advantage over the formidable Bluejays. A hard-fought 2nd Half ended in a 93-88 upset victory for Southwestern College. Cameron Hunt tossed in 28 points for the Moundbuilders followed by his teammate Brent Smith with 16.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – Chalk ruled in this semifinal clash between the 2 seeds – the YORK (NE) COLLEGE PANTHERS – and the 6th seeded OTTAWA UNIVERSITY BRAVES. By the midpoint of the game the Panthers were on top of the Braves 42-38 but really flexed their muscles after the break, routing Ottawa U by a final count of 99-78. York College’s Michael Johnson led the team with 15 points, while Cameron Coleman logged a Double Double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.