NCCAA DIV ONE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The top two seeds were the last teams standing in this tournament. The 2 seeds – the EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS – went up against the top seeded SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES.
The Lions clobbered the Eagles in the opening Half and compiled a FIFTY-FIVE to TWENTY-SEVEN by the break. From there Emmanuel College just had to keep SCU at arm’s length the rest of the way for an 85-65 victory and their third title since 2009. Nathan Williams put up 15 points to lead the Lions. * THE LIONS ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS OF THE NCCAA *
NAIA DIV ONE
FINAL FOUR: FIRST BERTH – The 4 seeds – the LSU-ALEXANDRIA GENERALS – took the court against the 3rd seeded GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS. (I’ve told you over and over that there are WAY too many college teams called Tigers.)
After a tight 1st Half the Generals had mustered a 40-36 edge over the Tigers. LSU-Alexandria upped their intensity in the 2nd Half, putting more and more space between themselves and Georgetown College on their way to an 87-66 victory. William Claiborne of the Generals led his team with a Double Double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Continue reading
NCAA DIV THREE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRAIRIE WOLVES – a team Balladeer’s Blog has covered since their NAIA years – did battle with the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT OSHKOSH TITANS for the D3 title.
A thrilling and high-scoring 1st Half ended with the Prairie Wolves clinging to a 45-43 edge. After the break Nebraska Wesleyan University inched a little bit more away from the Titans, winning it all by a score of 78-72. Cooper Cook put up 16 points to lead the victors. * THE PRAIRIE WOLVES ARE CHAMPIONS OF NCAA DIVISION THREE * Continue reading
NJCAA DIV THREE
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The top seeds – the BROOKDALE COLLEGE JERSEY BLUES – took the court against the 5th seeded COLUMBUS STATE COLLEGE COUGARS.
The Jersey Blues were all over the Cougars in every way from start to finish and parlayed an impressive 58-36 Halftime advantage into a Century Club-level ONE HUNDRED NINE to SEVENTY-NINE blowout win. The leading scorer for Brookdale College was Anthony Butler with 18 points. Continue reading
NCCAA DIV ONE
FIRST SEMIFINAL – This first clash of the Final Four teams saw the top seeded SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Aguilas) duking it out with the 4 seeds – the CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF KANSAS TIGERS.
The Eagles, determined to prove that THEIR team name is even more overused than Tigers, led their opponents 33-29 at Halftime. From there Southwestern Christian University outscored Central Christian College of Kansas 34-32 for a 67-61 trip to the Championship Game. Fifteen points from Shawn Scott led the
Bulldogs Wildcats Eagles.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – The 2 seeds – the EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS – and the 6th seeded BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS fought it out for the other slot in the title tilt.
The Lions quickly made sure the Rambling Rams had no illusions about winning, as they slapped them down hard with a 42-24 lead by the break. In the 2nd Half Emmanuel College could relax and coast all the way to a 78-56 triumph. Emerson McClung led the Lions with his 25 points.
NJCAA DIV THREE
FINAL FOUR: FIRST BERTH – The 5th seeded COLUMBUS STATE COLLEGE COUGARS took on the 4 seeds – the HERKIMER COLLEGE GENERALS.
By Halftime the Cougars had laid the groundwork for this minor Upset, leading the Generals 41-36. From there Columbus State College outscored Herkimer College 50-40 to win the game by a final tally of 91-76. Matthew Gierhart tossed in 18 points for the victors. Continue reading
NCCAA DIV ONE
FINAL FOUR: FIRST BERTH – The 6th seeded BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS went up against the 3 seeds – the MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS.
The Rambling Rams were feeling it and put the Evangels on Upset Alert at Halftime with their 35-31 lead. After the break Bluefield College intensified their efforts, limiting Mid-America Christian University to just 27 points while putting up 39 themselves. The final score was Rambling Rams 74 Evangels 58. Seventeen points from Jermiah (middle name “sic”) Jenkins led Bluefield.
FINAL FOUR: SECOND BERTH – Up next the 2 seeds – the EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS – battled the 7th seeded COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS BOBCATS.
The 1st Half ended with the Lions clinging to a 39-34 edge. From there Emmanuel College kicked things up a notch on both sides of the ball, putting more and more distance between themselves and the Bobcats. In the end the Lions defeated the College of the Ozarks 80-63 led by Elijah Robinson’s 18 points. Continue reading
NAIA DIV TWO
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The lone 1 seeds remaining – the INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS – clashed with the 2nd seeded UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS COUGARS in a title tilt that I know regular readers are assuming I’ll label “a catfight.”
The Wildcats – trying for their 3rd National Championship in the last 5 years – led the Cougars 40-29 by Halftime. From there Indiana Wesleyan University kept USF at a distance, ultimately emerging with an 84-71 victory. Kyle Mangas once again led the Wildcats, this time with 23 points. * THE WILDCATS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NAIA DIVISION TWO *
DISTRICT 6: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The Top Two seeds in this District met in the title game for the Championship AND the automatic bid to the National Tournament. The (1) COFFEYVILLE COLLEGE RED RAVENS faced the (2) HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS.
The score was deadlocked at 40-40 by the midpoint of the game. The 2nd Half was just as tight and competitive, but in the end the Red Ravens snuck by the Blue Dragons by a final count of 82-80. Travis Washington’s 19 points led Coffeyville College. * THE RED RAVENS ARE CHAMPIONS OF DISTRICT 6 * Continue reading
NAIA DIV TWO
FIRST SEMIFINAL – A battle of 1 seeds started us off as the (1) INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS played the (1) INDIANA UNIVERSITY EAST RED WOLVES.
This battle royal featured the Wildcats clinging to a 37-35 edge over the Red Wolves at Halftime and ultimately holding on by their fingernails for a 75-72 victory. Kyle Mangas of Indiana Wesleyan University led his team to the Championship Game with 20 points. Continue reading