Pioneers Earn 4th Seed for Regionals

The Alfred State College men's basketball team will enter the Region III Division II Tournament as the #4 seed and will host #5 Niagara CCC in a first round match-up on Tuesday evening.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Orvis Activities Center.

The Pioneers and Trailblazers are very familiar with each other.  Neil Wilson (Fort Worth, TX) hit a long two-point jumper in the closing seconds to lift ASC to a 85-83 victory over NCCC on Saturday to clinch the first round home playoff game.  Earlier in the season, the blue & gold downed the Blazers 80-73.

Alfred State enters the contest with a 12-17 overall record and a 6-8 mark in Region III Division II games.  Wilson leads the team with a 16.1 point average.  He has hit 73 three-pointers on the season.  Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) is averaging 12.2 points per game while Rasean Parris (Brooklyn/Benjamin Banneker) is averaging 10 points per game and six rebounds.

Niagara will enter the postseason with a 10-9 overall record and a 6-8 Region III Division II mark.

The winner of this match-up with take on #1 Erie CC, ranked #1 in the last NJCAA Division II poll, in the tournament semifinals to be played on Saturday at the Orvis Activities Center.  Tip-off will be at 1 p.m.

In the other first round match-up, #6 Jamestown Olean CC travels to #3 Genesee CC on Tuesday.  The winner of that contest will take on #2 seed Monroe CC, ranked #4 in the last NJCAA Division II poll, at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The Region III Division II Championship game will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Division II National Championship in Danville, IL.