Balladeer’s Blog offers one last round of congratulations to the 2017 college basketball champions in the FOURTEEN divisions covered here.
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION ONE
National Champions – TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY RAMS
Runners-Up – Life University Running Eagles
2016 Champions – Mid-America Christian University Evangels
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION TWO
National Champions – UNION COLLEGE BULLDOGS
Runners-Up – Cornerstone University Golden Eagles
2016 Champions – Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats Continue reading
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CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The title game in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics pitted two 1 seeds against each other. The UNION COLLEGE BULLDOGS took the court against the CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES.
This roundball rumble was a thriller from start to finish. By Halftime the Bulldogs had eked out a mere 36-35 edge over the Golden Eagles and the 2nd Half was nearly as tight. In the end Union College won its first National Championship by a score of 72-69. Paul Stone led the victors with 26 points and 9 rebounds. * THE BULLDOGS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NAIA DIVISION TWO * Continue reading
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FINAL FOUR, GAME ONE – This semifinal clash pitted two 1-seeds against each other: the UNION COLLEGE BULLDOGS and the INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS, the defending National Champions.
The Bulldogs worked their way out to a 46-35 advantage over the Wildcats by Halftime, then managed to keep them at arm’s length the rest of the way. Union College dethroned the Champs by a final score of 92-80 led by Mike Martin with 22 points. Continue reading
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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 *
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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
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
SOONER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
QUARTERFINAL GAME ONE – This was the game of the night in the SAC Tournament and featured the 4 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS – taking on the 5th seeded WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS (Should be the Flying W’s).
The Drovers and the Pioneers were knotted up at 41-41 by Halftime, then went on to end Regulation in an 87-87 tie. In the Overtime session the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma went on to win a 100-99 nailbiter. Taran Buie notched 26 points to lead the Drovers. Continue reading