*** AIHEC ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The AIHEC (American Indian Higher Education Commission) College Basketball Tournament’s format starts with Pool-Play followed by the more familiar playoff format. The last two teams standing this year were the SISSETON WAHPETON COLLEGE MUSTANGS and the TURTLE MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MIGHTY MICKINOCKS.
At Halftime the Mustangs led the Mighty Mickinocks 53-45 then went on to win this action-packed game by a Century-Club score of 109-87. Sisseton Wahpeton College’s Derrick McCauley was named the Tournament MVP. In the Semifinals the Mustangs defeated the three-time defending National Champions the Salish Kootenai College Bison. * THE MUSTANGS ARE THE AIHEC CHAMPIONS * Continue reading
*** NJCAA DIVISION THREE ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The Cinderella 5 seeds – the NORTH LAKE COLLEGE BLAZERS – were still dancing and took on the 2nd seeded ELGIN COUNTY COLLEGE SPARTANS for the title.
The Blazers put the Spartans on Upset Alert by Halftime with a 31-25 advantage. After the break North Lake College carried through on that warning, defeating Elgin County College by a final tally of 69-59. Ayo Dada led the Blazers with 16 points and his teammate Dare Brazeal notched a Double Double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. * THE BLAZERS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NJCAA DIVISION THREE * Continue reading
*** NCCAA DIVISION ONE ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The last two teams standing in this Division’s National Tournament were the top seeds – the COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY COUGARS – and the 6th seeded OHIO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS.
The Cougars got almost more than they could handle from the Trailblazers in the opening Half and led by a mere 39-37 score at the break. From there Colorado Christian University began inching away from OCU, ultimately winning the game 83-74 to take their 2nd national title in the past 3 years. The Cougars were led by Brett Brady with 20 points and 7 rebounds. * THE COUGARS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NCCAA DIVISION ONE * Continue reading
*** NAIA ***
ELITE EIGHT, FIRST BERTH – The (3) LIFE UNIVERSITY RUNNING EAGLES managed a minor upset against the (2) HOPE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROYALS.
The Royals were on top of the Running Eagles 36-32 at the break, but from there Life University (No affiliation with the School of Hard Knocks) played a game for the ages, overtaking Hope International and squeezing out an 80-78 triumph. Jonathan Beausejour and Dalarian Williams each notched 20 points for the Running Eagles while adding 8 and 4 rebounds respectively. Continue reading
The 2017 college basketball postseason continues rolling along here at Balladeer’s Blog! Previously I covered the NAIA Division Two Championship Game HERE and the NCCAA Division Two Championship Game HERE . For both the Division One AND Division Two title games in the USCAA click HERE .
But I know most of you are curious about the Big Dance in Division ONE of the NCAA, and you can scratch that particular itch HERE .
*** NCCAA DIVISION ONE ***
FINAL FOUR, FIRST BERTH – It took DOUBLE OVERTIME for a winner to be determined in this particular game. The 5 seeds – the GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS – took on the 4th seeded CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE MUSTANGS.
At Halftime the two teams were tied at 33-33, then traded blow for blow and basket for basket again in the 2nd Half. Regulation ended with the score knotted up at 65-65 and the 1st Overtime session ended in a 72-72 deadlock. In the 2nd OT the Lancers at last emerged triumphant by a final score of 86-80. Grace College’s Erik Bowen and Logan Godfrey each notched a Double Double, Bowen with THIRTY-ONE points and 12 rebounds and Godfrey with 12 points and 12 boards of his own. Continue reading
*** NAIA2 ***
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
*** NAIA2 ***
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