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CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 4th seeded RANDALL UNIVERSITY SAINTS – the defending National Champions – faced the 7th seeded KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS for the 2017 title.
The Saints had eked out a slender 39-36 edge over the Knights by Halftime. After the break they managed more and more separation from their opponents, ultimately defeating them by a final score of 90-76. Xavier Hunter’s 22 points led Randall University to their 2nd straight crown. * THE SAINTS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NCCAA DIVISION TWO *
*** NAIA2 ***
FINAL FOUR, FIRST BERTH – The (6) BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY BRUINS battled the (1) BETHEL (IN) COLLEGE PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots) for a berth in the 2017 Final Four.
At the break the Pilots were on top of the Bruins by a count of 38-32 but Bellevue University came out for the 2nd Half primed for a comeback. Regulation ended in a 70-70 tie and in the Overtime session the Bruins emerged with a 77-75 upset triumph. Twenty-six points from Nick Hilton led Bellevue. Continue reading
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ELITE EIGHT, FIRST BERTH – This was a 6 seed over a 2 seed upset which saw 7 ties and 5 lead changes. The (6) TABOR COLLEGE BLUEJAYS kept their Upset Mojo going against the (2) ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY (IL) EAGLES (Should be the Wind Eagles).
The Bluejays had seized a 47-39 lead by Halftime, then made good on that with an 88-82 win to send the Eagles home. Lance Carter led the upstart Tabor College team with his Double Double of 24 points and 10 rebounds.
ELITE EIGHT, SECOND BERTH – The (1) BETHEL COLLEGE (IN) PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots) took the court against the (4) EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS in this game.
The Pilots ensured that the Mountaineers never knew what hit them, clobbering them so thoroughly that by the break Bethel College led the game 60-31!! From there the Pilots coasted to a Century Club-level 104-71 triumph and a berth in the Elite Eight. Clay Yeo and Caleb Oetjen tossed in 16 points each to lead Bethel College, while posting 9 and 4 rebounds, respectively. Continue reading
*** NAIA2 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ***
DAY TWO, GAME ONE – One of the 4 seeds – the NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS – played an Instant Classic against the 5th seeded WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY SHOCK.
The opening Half ended with the Red Raiders leading the Shock by a count of 43-37. From there it was all that Northwestern College could do to keep the hard-fighting Washington Adventist University at bay. In the end the Red Raiders won the game 78-76. Colton Kooima put up 22 points to lead the victors. Continue reading
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DAY ONE, GAME ONE – The (3) NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY BEACONS took the court against the (6) MIDLAND UNIVERSITY WARRIORS to start things rolling.
The 1st Half ended with the Beacons on top of the Warriors by a count of 44-40. Following the break Northwest Christian University managed some more elbow room for a 91-78 victory. Kenny Blackwell put up 20 points to lead the Beacons while his teammate Michael Loomis logged a Double Double of 15 points and 13 rebounds.
DAY ONE, GAME TWO – The (2) INDIANA UNIVERSITY RED WOLVES clashed with the (7) REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES (Should be the Rottweilers).
The Red Wolves had their hands full in the opening Half but eked out a 41-38 edge over the Eagles by the break. From there Indiana University East put together enough runs for an 84-74 victory. Kyle Pipenger’s 23 points led the Red Wolves with Aaron Thomas contributing 12 points and 12 rebounds for a Double Double. Continue reading
AMERICAN MIDWEST CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This Conference’s tourney became a War of Underdogs. The 6th seeded HARRIS-STOWE STATE HORNETS battled the 5 seeds – the WILLIAM WOODS UNIVERSITY OWLS – for the crown. There was one more upset in store for this league.
The clashing Cinderellas danced themselves to a 28-28 tie to end the 1st Half. After the break the Hornets took control of the game, clobbering the Owls by a final count of 80-56. Craig Davila, Jr and Jalen Fletcher led Harris-Stowe State with 16 points each. * THE HORNETS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE AMC TOURNAMENT * Continue reading
RED RIVER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This title tilt pitted the top seeds – the LSU-ALEXANDRIA GENERALS – against the 3rd seeded LANGSTON UNIVERSITY LIONS.
The Generals were in danger come Halftime, trailing the Lions by a score of 46-42. Following the break LSU-Alexandria came storming from behind and won the game 90-87. Jordin Williams put up 19 points to lead the Generals while his teammate Brandon Moss recorded a Double Double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. * THE GENERALS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE RRAC TOURNAMENT * Continue reading
GOLDEN STATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
OPENING ROUND, GAME ONE – In this game the 4 seeds – the WESTMONT COLLEGE WARRIORS (Should be the Guardians) – took the court against the 5th seeded WILLIAM JESSUP UNIVERSITY WARRIORS.
A very hard-fought 1st Half ended with Westmont College on top by a score of 34-26. After the break the
Guardians Warriors left William Jessup University further and further behind as they went on to win the contest by a Century Club-level tally of 102-86. Sean Harman led the victors with 18 points while his teammate Sean McDonnell registered a Double Double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Continue reading