Tri-C men’s, women’s basketball begin tournament play on Friday
March 07, 2017
(NOTE: Updated with Tuesday's quarterfinal results.)
In the men’s Region XII District 11 tournament, the second-seeded Tri-C Challengers are pooled with five other OCCAC schools: top-seeded Cincinnati State Community College, third-seeded Owens Community College, fourth-seeded Sinclair Community College, fifth-seeded Edison State Community College and sixth-seeded Clark State Community College.
Ranked fifth nationally in NJCAA Division II, Tri-C earned the second seed on the heels of a conference-best 27-2 overall regular season, tying Cincinnati State for the best record in the OCCAC at 14-2. Cincinnati State won the tournament-seeding tiebreak by sweeping the season series with Tri-C, handing the Challengers their only two losses of the season.
By clinching the second seed, Tri-C earned a first-round bye. The Challengers will take on Owens, which defeated Clark State in a Tuesday quarterfinal matchup, in Friday’s 8 p.m. semifinal game. Cincinnati State will play Sinclair, which defeated Edison Tuesday night, in the other semifinal matchup, also on Friday. The semifinal winners will advance to the Region XII District 11 final at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday’s winner will advance to the NJCAA Division II national tournament first round. The NJCAA Division II men’s national championship tournament will take place March 21-25 in Danville, Illinois.
On the women’s side, third-seeded Tri-C will compete in the Region XII District 1 tournament with four other OCCAC schools: top-seeded Owens – the two-time defending district tournament champions coming off a 30-0 regular season – along with second-seeded Cincinnati State, fourth-seeded Sinclair and fifth-seeded Edison.
The Challengers clinched the third seed with a 21-7 overall record, 11-5 in the OCCAC.
As with the men, the Challenger women receive a first-round bye. Tri-C will face Cincinnati State in a semifinal game at 3 p.m. Friday. In the other semifinal, Owens will face Sinclair, which defeated Edison in Tuesday's quarterfinal.
Friday’s winners will advance to the district tournament final, a noon showdown on Saturday. The winner of Saturday’s final will advance to the first round of the NJCAA Division II national women’s tournament in Harrison, Arkansas, March 21-25.