FINAL FOUR NJCAA ACTION, NAIA ELITE EIGHT SET

NJCAA DIVISION ONE

Vincennes University Trailblazers logo VFIRST SEMIFINAL – The 3 seeds – the VINCENNES UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS – faced the 2nd seeded SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE TEXANS. The Trailblazers put the Texans on Upset Alert by Halftime with their 38-31 advantage. After the break Vincennes University left South Plains College further and further behind, ultimately defeating them by a final tally of 85-67. Kevin Osawe’s 22 points led the Trailblazers.

Ranger College RangersSECOND SEMIFINAL – In this game the 8th seeded RANGER COLLEGE RANGERS took the court against the 4 seeds – the COFFEYVILLE COLLEGE RED RAVENS. The Rangers provided another Upset, leading the Red Ravens 38-30 at the Half before polishing them off 84-61. Brayan Au led Ranger College with his 27 points.

NJCAA DIVISION TWO

Johnson County College CavaliersFIRST SEMIFINAL – The 2 seeds – the JOHNSON COUNTY COLLEGE CAVALIERS – found themselves facing the 14th seeded CECIL COLLEGE SEAHAWKS. The Cavaliers were chasing the Seahawks 29-28 at the end of a defense-oriented opening Half. From there Johnson County College came back to force Overtime with a 68-68 tie. In the extra session the Cavaliers emerged with an 81-78 victory. Twenty three points from General Williams led Johnson County College.

Kirkwood College Eagles NEWSECOND SEMIFINAL – Joining the Cavs in the title game would be the winners of this clash between the top seeded KIRKWOOD COLLEGE EAGLES and the 4 seeds – the ERIE COLLEGE KATS. The Eagles were clobbering the Kats FIFTY to 29 come Halftime before coasting to an 84-70 triumph. Kirkwood College was led by 27 points from Doug Wilson.

NAIA DIVISION ONE

Arizona Christian University Firestorm BIGELITE EIGHT: FIRST BERTH – The ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM squared off against the LOYOLA UNIVERSITY (LA) WOLF PACK yesterday. The Firestorm had the Wolf Pack worried at the midpoint with their 40-36 advantage. In the 2nd Half Arizona Christian University carried through with an 83-77 victory. Shane Carney tossed in 23 points to lead the way for the Firestorm.

USAO Drover newELITE EIGHT: SECOND BERTH – The UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS battled the WILEY COLLEGE WILDCATS. The Drovers were chasing the Wildcats 32-28 come Halftime but overtook them for a 76-63 win. Geno Artisan from USAO put up 22 points to lead the Drovers in this comeback victory.

LSU-Alexandria GeneralsELITE EIGHT: THIRD BERTH – Up next the LSU-ALEXANDRIA GENERALS took on the BETHEL (TN) WILDCATS. It was not a good day to be called Wildcats apparently, as the Generals led Bethel 39-33 at the break before defeating them 78-73. William Claiborne led the way for LSU-Alexandria by notching a Double Double of 22 points and 13 rebounds.

William Carey University BIGELITE EIGHT: FOURTH BERTH – The WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS faced the MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS in this game. The Evangels were out in front of the Crusaders 34-29 at Halftime. William Carey University came roaring back from there to win this 62-60 Instant Classic. Adrian Williams scored 14 points to lead the Crusaders.

Lewis Clark State Warriors BESTELITE EIGHT: FIFTH BERTH – Next came the clash between the LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS and the WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN. By the midpoint of the game the Warriors were on top 40-36. In the 2nd Half the Statesmen inched a tad closer but still lost to Lewis-Clark State 88-86 in a game for the ages. Dana Abe’s THIRTY-TWO points led the Warriors.

PikevilleELITE EIGHT: SIXTH BERTH – It took TWO OVERTIMES to determine a winner in the game pitting the UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE BEARS against the BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS. The Bears were on top 33-22 at Halftime but the Ravens came back to tie things up 64-64. The 1st Overtime ended in a 72-72 deadlock but the 2nd ended in an 83-79 University of Pikeville victory. Jovontae Carleton led the Bears with his Double Double of 24 points and 13 rebounds.

CC Fighting SaintsELITE EIGHT: SEVENTH BERTH – The CARROLL COLLEGE (MT) FIGHTING SAINTS took on the OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS. The Fighting Saints converted a 39-35 lead over the Stars into an 80-69 win. Leading the way in scoring for Carroll College was Match Burnham with a Double Double of THIRTY-FOUR points and 11 rebounds.

Georgetown College TigersELITE EIGHT: FINAL BERTH – The GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS played the LSU-SHREVEPORT PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots). The Tigers managed a 40-32 advantage over the Pilots by the break. From there LSU-Shreveport held on to win the game by a count of 82-79. Seventeen points from Troy Steward led Georgetown College. 

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