NJCAA DIVISION ONE
DAY ONE, GAME ONE – Tipping off the 2019 National Tournament for the NJCAA Division One was this clash between the 17 seeds – the CAPE FEAR COLLEGE SEA DEVILS – and the 16th seeded ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE MATADORS. The Sea Devils led 48-40 at Halftime, following which points continued to fly like shrapnel. In the end Cape Fear College defeated the Matadors by a Century Club-level score of 104-90. JJ Miles put up 28 points to lead the Sea Devils.
DAY ONE, GAME TWO – Next the 20th seeded KASKASKIA COLLEGE BLUE ANGELS faced the 13 seeds – the SHERIDAN COLLEGE GENERALS. The Blue Angels put the Generals on Upset Alert by the break with their 47-37 advantage. From there Kaskaskia College managed to eke out just an inch more separation to win the game 92-80. Parker Dortch couldn’t lose, leading the way for the Blue Angels with his 21 points.
DAY ONE, GAME THREE – In this game the 10 seeds – the EASTERN FLORIDA STATE TITANS – clashed with the 23rd seeded ALLEGANY MARYLAND COLLEGE TROJANS. Suffocating defense was the story of the 1st Half, which ended with the Titans up 25-22. After the break Eastern Florida State outscored the Trojans 36-29 for a 61-51 victory led by 13 points from Osayi Osifo.
DAY ONE, GAME FOUR – The 24th seeded CLEVELAND STATE (TN) COUGARS took on the 9 seeds – the CASPER COLLEGE THUNDERBIRDS. The Cougars led the Thunderbirds 50-42 at the end of an action-packed opening Half. Casper College made little headway from there as Cleveland State won this 90-83 Upset. Twenty-two points from Jonathan King led the Cougars.
DAY ONE, GAME FIVE – This game pitted the 12 seeds – the INDIAN HILLS COLLEGE WARRIORS – against the 20th seeded CENTRAL GEORGIA TECH TITANS. By sheer coincidence the Warriors outscored the Titans 42-31 in each Half. Indian Hills College defeated Central Georgia Tech 84-62 led by Torrey Patton’s Double Double of THIRTY points and 11 rebounds.
DAY ONE, GAME SIX – Wrapping up day one was this game between the 15th seeded TRINITY VALLEY COLLEGE CARDINALS and the 18 seeds – the SHELTON STATE BUCCANEERS. The Cardinals parlayed a 43-29 Halftime lead into an 82-70 victory. Tyson Jolly led the way for Trinity Valley College with a Double Double of 23 points and 11 rebounds.