CALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The top seeds – the CAL MARITIME ACADEMY KEELHAULERS – seek to extend their dominance of the California Pacific Conference when it comes to hoops. Their semifinal opponents were the 4th seeded UNIVERSITY OF ANTELOPE VALLEY PIONEERS, making their first post-season appearance in their very first year of eligibility.
The story of this game saw the Keelhaulers grab a sizable lead, only to see the Pioneers close the gap. The score was 58-56 with just over 11 minutes left to play, but from there Cal Maritime Academy exploded offensively, going on to win the game 84-72. Daniel Radford led the Keelhaulers with 19 points and 7 rebounds, followed by Phil Randles with 16 points and Adam Armstead with 15.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – This contest featured an upset as the 3rd seeded PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE PIONEERS surprised the 2 seeds – the BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY AT MESA REDHAWKS. At first it looked like an easy night for the Pioneers, who dominated the 1st Half and held a 42-20 lead at the break.
In the 2nd Half Pacific Union College had to hang on by their fingernails against a furious comeback attempt by the Redhawks. When all was said and done the upset held up, as the Pioneers moved on to the Conference Championship Game in a 78-75 squeaker. Kwuan Guerrero tossed in 17 points to lead PUC.
APPALACHIAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – It was virtually an “all-chalk, all the time” tournament for the Appalachian Athletic Conference as the top seeded UNION COLLEGE BULLDOGS and the 2nd seeded REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Rottweilers) were the last teams standing.
The Bulldogs had the measure of their opponents and led the Eagles 38-30 by Halftime. After the break Union College poured on the offense while playing stifling defense, culminating in an 85-58 blowout win. Tyrone Sherman led the Bulldogs with 25 points, while his teammate Gerrard Newby logged a Double Double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. * THE BULLDOGS ARE THE AAC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS *