ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This title tilt pitted the STILLMAN COLLEGE TIGERS against the VOORHEES COLLEGE TIGERS, so you can insert my usual comment about how there are too many college sports teams called Tigers, Eagles, Bulldogs and Wildcats.
At the end of an explosive 1st Half Stillman College led Voorhees College by a count of 44-38. After the break a 7-0 run put Voorhees on top 45-44 but Stillman soon retook the lead. After several ties the rest of the way the end result was an 87-84 triumph for Stillman College. Daquan Forrest led the victors with 22 points. * THE STILLMAN TIGERS ARE THE 2018 CHAMPIONS OF THE AII TOURNAMENT *
GREAT PLAINS ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The 3rd seeded NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS took the court against the 7 seeds – the DOANE UNIVERSITY TIGERS (Didn’t I tell you there are too many teams called Tigers?)
The Red Raiders struck a blow for more original team names (Unless you’re from Lubbock) by leading the Tigers 34-25 by the Half. From there Northwestern College stayed in control and ultimately advanced to the Conference title game by a score of 77-63. Nathan Wedel tossed in 25 points to lead the way for the Red Raiders.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – In this Semifinal the top seeds – the MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS – fought it out with the 4th seeded DAKOTA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY TIGERS (They could at least go by BLUE Tigers to add some variety.)
The Mustangs had “Had enough of these mother-busting Tigers in this market-friendly tournament” and led Dakota Wesleyan University 44-22 by the midpoint. In the 2nd Half Morningside College outscored the 987th team called Tigers 45-37 for a blowout win, 89-59. Fifteen points from Tyler Borchers led the victorious Mustangs.