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WARRIORS v. CECIL COLLEGE @ 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19
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QUINCY, Ill. (March 12, 2013) – Rend Lake College men’s basketball won the NJCAA DII Region XXIV Championship 86-78 over John Wood Community College on Sunday and advances to the national championship tournament for the second straight year. The 28th Annual NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball Tournament is March 19-23 at Danville Area Community College.
Rend Lake is the #4 seed in the tournament and will face #13 Cecil College (Md.) at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 19. The Seahawks, with a regular season record of 14-14, edged the top-ranked DII team in the country, Community College of Beaver County, 96-95, to become one of two teams advancing to nationals from Region XX.
RLC was the top seed in the region tournament. It beat Lincoln College 76-65 on Saturday to advance to the championship with John Wood, which had eliminated Danville Area – ranked #2 in the nation – 66-58.
Down by two at the half, RLC scored 60 points in the second half with sophomore guard Dawson Verhines (Woodlawn, Ill.) going off from three-point range. He scored 15 of his team-high 26 in the second half.
The following is courtesy of John Wood CC Sports Information.
The Warriors pulled away from a two-point lead in the final four minutes to advance to the NJCAA Division II national tournament for the second straight year.
Jon White’s 3-pointer cut Rend Lake’s lead to 71-69 with 4:05 left in the game but the Warriors responded with a 9-2 run, taking an 80-71 lead on Jeril Taylor’s two free throws with 35.8 seconds left.
Of Rend Lake’s final eight field goals in the game, seven were 3-pointers. For the game, the Warriors were 12 of 19 from behind the arc.
A 6-0 run early in the second half put Rend Lake ahead 36-30. But JWCC, the No. 3 seed, answered with a 9-2 spurt, taking a 39-38 lead on Brad Hamilton’s 3-pointer from the right side with 14:44 left.
Rend Lake took the lead for good when Montez Buford scored to make the score 42-41 with 13:58 left. Stephon Bryant’s two free throws with 10:50 left capped off a 10-0 Warriors run which stretched their lead to 50-41.
Hamilton led JWCC, which played in the title game for the first since 1996, with 17 points, while White came off the bench to score 15 and T.J. Tisdell added 12.
Dawson Verhines led Rend Lake with 26 points, 15 in the second half, while Taylor scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime.
Rend Lake has won 10 straight games and 18 of their last 19.
Cecil College is listed as the best DII, three-point shooting team in the nation at 54.4 percent, according to stats on the NJCAA website at www.njcaa.org. The Seahawks are also reportedly third in the nation in overall shooting - also 54.4 percent. According to the NJCAA, they are led in scoring by 6-4 freshman guard Donte Adams at 21.8 points per game. Adams is a product of Eagle Academy in Bronx, N.Y. In the title game against Beaver County, Adams scored 34 points. Stedman Allen, a 6-5 freshman also from Eagle Academy, was named tournament MVP. He scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. But it was 6-6 freshman Amadius Derweer (Virgin Islands) who hit the put-back with 16 seconds left to give the Seahawks the one-point win that Cecil Head Coach LeShawn Hammett called "one of the most exciting I’ve ever been a part of," according to the Cecil website at www.cecil.edu.
If RLC beats Cecil on Tuesday, it will play at 8 p.m., Wednesday, against the winner of #5 South Suburban (30-3, South Holland, Ill.) and #11 Phoenix College (20-12).
The following is a chronological breakdown of opening round games, March 19 and 20, in Danville.
Tuesday, March 19
9:00 a.m. - # 1 Mott (29-3, Flint, Mich.) v. #16 Central-Columbus (19-13, Nebraska)
11:00 a.m. - #8 Owens (24-8, Toledo, Ohio) v. #9 Iowa Lakes (26-6, Estherville)
1:00 p.m. - #6 Brown Mackie (36-5, Salina, Kan.) v. #11 Essex County (25-6, Newark, N.J.)
3:00 p.m. - #3 Louisburg (32-1, North Carolina) v. #14 MCC-Penn Valley (22-11, Kansas City, Mo.)
6:30 p.m. - #5 South Suburban (30-3, South Holland, Ill.) v. #12 Phoenix (20-12, Ariz.)
8:30 p.m. - #4 Rend Lake College (26-3, Ina, Ill.) v. #13 Cecil (16-14, North East, Md.)
Wednesday, March 20
11:00 a.m. - #7 Moraine Valley (28-5, Palos Hills, Ill.) v. #10 Grand Rapids (21-8, Michigan)
1:00 p.m. - #2 Monroe (29-3, Rochester, N.Y.) v. #15 Howard (16-12, Columbia, Md.)
District 1 (Region 1): Phoenix College, Ariz. (20-12)
District 2 (Regions 3, 21): Monroe Community College, N.Y. (29-3)
District 3 (Region 4A): South Suburban College, Ill. (30-3)
District 4 (Region 4B): Moraine Valley Community College, Ill. (28-5)
District 5 (Region 6): Brown Mackie College, Kan. (26-5)
District 6 (Region 8, 10): Louisburg College, N.C. (32-1)
District 7 (Regions 9, 13): Central Community College-Columbus, Neb. (19-13)
District 8 (Region 11): Iowa Lakes Community College (26-6)
District 9 (Region 12W): Grand Rapids Community College, Mich. (21-8)
District 10 (Region 12E): Mott Community College, Mich. (29-3)
District 11 (Region 12S): Owens Community College, Ohio (24-8)
District 12 (Regions 15, 19): Essex County College, N.J. (25-6)
District 13 (Regions 2, 16): MCC-Penn Valley, Mo. (22-11)
District 14 (Region 20A): Cecil College, Md. (16-14)
District 15 (Region 20B): Howard Community College, Md. (16-12)
District 16 (Region 24): Rend Lake College, Ill. (26-3)
Click HERE to view a full bracket.
Tournament website is www.dacc.edu/njcaa
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