Tournament MVP Bronson Verhines (Woodlawn) addresses the crowd gathered for Wednesday's national basketball championship celebration at Rend Lake College. The national title trophy and game ball rest on the table behind Verhines. It is the first basketball national championship for the southern Illinois college. Numerous fans showed for the afternoon event held in James "Hummer" Waugh Gym. Jim Muir emceed and speakers included RLC President Terry Wilkerson, Athletic Director Tim Wills, Coach Randy House, and players Trice Whaley (Jeffersonville, Ind.), Corey Ayala (Metropolis) and Verhines. The entire team and coaching staff were in attendance - Dawson Verhines (Woodlawn), Jeril Taylor (Louisville, Ky.), Noel Allen (Guttenburg, N.J.) Dennis Froemling (Campbell Hill), Jesse Smith (Campbell Hill), Alonzo Singletary (Chicago), Stephon Bryant (Louisville, Ky.), Montez Buford (Louisville, Ky.), Montez Williams (East St. Louis), Antoine Buchanon (Middleton, Wisc.), and Cortez Macklin (Louisville, Ky.), Assistant Coach Dana Morgan, Assistant Coach Ward McDaniel, and Assistant Coach Tommy Holder.