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Montgomery College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams Set Sights on National Championship Trophies
Both Raptors Teams Begin NJCAA Division III National Tournament Play Thursday
The Montgomery College (MC) men’s and women’s basketball teams are vying for the ultimate prize this week in the NJCAA Division III National Tournaments tipping off Thursday for both teams. The MC men and women both won their Region XX tournaments. The Raptors men won the District VII title and the MC women took home the District G championship, earning trips to their respective national tournaments. Both tournaments are March 15-17.
The men’s tournament is in Loch Sheldrake, NY, with games starting Thursday at noon when Columbus State takes on Herkimer. The Raptors (25-7) come into the tournament as the sixth seed and will face third-seed North Lake (21-11), the defending national champion, at 2 p.m. You can see the men’s tournament bracket at the NJCAA website here.
The women’s tournament starts on Thursday at 1 p.m. in Rockford, Illinois when Rock Valley faces Rowan-Gloucester. Fourth-seed Montgomery College (20-6) faces off against #5 seed Northland (22-5) at 3 p.m. See the full bracket at the NJCAA website here.
The Raptors men defeated the Prince George’s CC Owls 85-71, on Sunday, March 3 to take the District title. This is the first trip to the national tournament for Head Coach Keith Byrd and the first for any MC men’s basketball team since 2007.
“This has been an amazing journey, our guys have been committed to the mission since day one,” Byrd said. “Not often are you able to coach a group of young men who are as dedicated to athletics as they are to their academics—and this group is both… While we’re excited about winning the Region and District championships, we understand that the mission continues this week in New York.”
The Montgomery College women’s last trip to nationals was in 2013. This will be Coach Tarlouh Gasque’s fourth trip to the national tourney as head coach of the Raptors.