* NJCAA DIVISION THREE *
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The last two teams standing in NJCAA Division Three hoops were, appropriately enough – the top two seeds. The 2nd seeds – the RICHLAND COLLEGE THUNDER DUCKS – took on the number 1 seeded ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE GOLDEN EAGLES. At Halftime it looked as if the Golden Eagles would be joining their women’s team as National Champions since the men held a 35-27 lead over the Thunder Ducks. Richland College regrouped in the locker room then mounted a comeback for the ages, ultimately winning the game by a final score of 67-64. Kierre Moore led the victors with 20 points. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE THUNDER DUCKS, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF NJCAA3 BASKETBALL! Continue reading
* NCCAA2 *
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The title game in the 2nd Division of the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) was played between the 2 seeds – the LANCASTER BIBLE COLLEGE CHARGERS – and the Cinderella 8 seeds – the HILLSDALE FREE WILL BAPTIST COLLEGE SAINTS. The Chargers forced the Saints to hear the chimes of midnight (for you Shakespeare fans), leading them 45-30 at Halftime enroute to a 78-65 National Championship win! Phil Carey once again led Lancaster Bible College with a Double Double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHARGERS, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF NCCAA DIVISION TWO BASKETBALL! *
* NAIA2 *
FINAL FOUR – FIRST BERTH – The Defending Champions go down! The 8th seeded DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PANTHERS stunned the top seeded Defending Champs of NAIA2 basketball – the INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS. An edge-of-your- seat 1st Half ended with the Wildcats on top by just 41-38 and the 2nd Half was just as close. With just 1:06 left to play the score stood at 75-75, the 12th tie of the game. The Panthers made their move and knocked off IWU by a final score of 79-75. Nick Gamble had 19 points to lead Davenport U. Continue reading
* NAIA2 *
ELITE EIGHT – FIRST BERTH – The (BD) SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY RAIDERS took on the (BD) GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS for this berth in the Elite Eight. The Raiders trailed the Lancers 39-35 at Halftime but pressed down on the accelerator after the break, roaring ahead for a 68-62 victory. Jordan West led SOU with THIRTY-TWO points while teammate Tim Weber notched a Double Double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Continue reading
* NAIA2 *
DAY TWO – GAME ONE – The second day of First Round action in the NAIA2 got underway with the (BD) GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS toppling the (7) BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY BRUINS. The Lancers trailed the Bruins by just 33-30 at Halftime, then made their move during a 2nd Half dominated by smothering defense from both teams. In the end Grace College advanced with a 54-50 upset victory. Logan Irwin’s 21 points led the Lancers. Continue reading
* NAIA2 *
DAY ONE – GAME ONE – You want offense? The game between the (14) CONCORDIA (OR) CAVALIERS and the (BD) INDIANA UNIVERSITY EAST RED WOLVES had you covered. By Halftime the Cavaliers were on top by a blistering 66-39. After the break both teams were still rolling offensively and in the end Concordia advanced to the 2nd Round by a Century Club-level score of ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN to NINETY! Tyler Velasquez led the Cavaliers with 29 points. Continue reading
*** NJCAA DIVISION TWO ***
DISTRICT 201 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Out west in Arizona the two teams left battling for this District’s championship were the PHOENIX COLLEGE BEARS and the TOHONO O’ODHAM COLLEGE JEGOS. Slowly but surely the Bears took absolute command over this game away from the Jegos and wound up winning by a final tally of 84-65. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BEARS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. * Continue reading
NCCAA DIVISION ONE – 1. GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS ### 2. INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS ### 3. CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS ### 4. BETHEL (IN) COLLEGE PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots) ### 5. SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS ###
6. MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS ### 7. SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS ### 8. WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS ### 9. MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE CHOCTAWS ### 10. LEE UNIVERSITY FLAMES ### Continue reading
Here’s one final round of congratulations for the champions of each of the fourteen divisions of college basketball covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION ONE
National Champions: VANGUARD UNIVERSITY LIONS
Runners-up: EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS
2013 National Champions: GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION TWO
National Champions: INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS
Runners-up: MIDLAND UNIVERSITY WARRIORS
2013 National Champions: CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES
*** NCCAA ***
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Yesterday saw the title tilt in Division One of the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). The 4th seeded POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY SEA LIONS took the court against the 7th seeded GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS for the crown.
The two teams matched each other almost literally blow for blow and basket for basket in the 1st Half and at the break the Sea Lions held a 38-35 lead. The 2nd Half was just as intense and riveting but there could only be one champion and that turned out to be Point Loma Nazarene by a final score of 75-73. Hayden Lescault’s 14 points led the Sea Lions while in defeat the Lancers’ Greg Miller led all scorers with 22 points. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY SEA LIONS!
*** NJCAA ***
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The battle for the NJCAA Division One title resulted in a monumental upset! The 11th seeded JONES COUNTY COLLEGE BOBCATS had already shocked the nation by fighting their way to the title clash, and yesterday the only obstacle remaining between them and the championship was the top seeded INDIAN HILLS COLLEGE WARRIORS.
The Bobcats were all business from the opening tip-off and by the time the Halftime buzzer sounded they held a 46-33 advantage over the Warriors. In the 2nd Half Indian Hills College desperately battled back to preserve their title hopes but JCC would have none of it. The Bobcat defense prevented the Warriors from narrowing the gap by any appreciable amount and in the end Continue reading
*** NAIA ***
ELITE EIGHT – FIRST BERTH FILLED – The 8th seeded EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS took on and took out their unseeded opponents, the UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS yesterday. The Lions were led by Michael Stanley, who recorded a double-double with his 23 points and 12 rebounds. Despite an early 18-18 tie by Halftime Emmanuel College led the game 39-22. The 2nd Half was pretty much more of the same and in the end the dominant Lions moved on with a comfortable 73-51 victory.
ELITE EIGHT – SECOND BERTH FILLED – The top seeded CAL STATE- SAN MARCOS COUGARS got the scare of their lives yesterday from the 16th seeded CULVER-STOCKTON COLLEGE WILDCATS. Things seemed to be under control to the Cougars and their fans at the break as their team held a 43-37 lead. The closing Half would see the Wildcats mount an incredible charge for a possible comeback. When all was said and done the Cougars survived by the skin of their teeth 92-91. De’End Parker again led San Marcos, this time with Continue reading