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Kats Advance to Region III Championship

Saturday, February 26, 2011
 
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Feb. 26 – Erie Community College sophomore forward God’s Gift Achiuwa (Port Harcourt, River States, Nigeria) had a game-high 24 points to lead the Kats to an 83-74 victory over Niagara County Community College in Saturday’s Region III semifinal held at the Flickinger Center.
 
ECC, the nation’s fifth-ranked team, improves to 25-2 and will play Monroe Community College at 1 p.m. Sunday. Achiuwa surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his career with an offensive rebound basket and free throw with 1:45 to play in the first half. He enters Sunday’s game with 1,017 career points.
 
Achiuwa hit a three-point field goal from the top of the key with 1:42 remaining to give ECC a 77-68 lead. The Kats made their six final free throws.
 
Tyshawn Edwards (Buffalo/Grover Cleveland) had 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for ECC. Dequan Jones (Brooklyn/Pacific) added 14 points in a reserve role while Brandon Emmitt (Akron, Ohio/Garfield) scored 10 points.
 
NCCC, which ends its season 20-9, was led by Robbie Seyler’s 15 points.
 
ECC held a 66-65 lead with 5:52 to play before Achiuwa’s three-point field goal capped a 11-3 run.
 
NIAGARA COUNTY CC (20-9): Seyler, Robbie 5-16 4-4 15; Joseph, Lorenzo 5-8 0-1 14; Shellman, Charles 5-7 3-5 13; Davis, Richard 4-9 2-2 11; Roberts, AJ 4-16 1-5 10; Kazmierzcak, Vince 3-7 1-1 7; Barczyowski, Chris 1-4 2-4 4. Totals 27-67 13-22 74.
ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE KATS (25-2): ACHIUWA, God's Gift 7-14 9-11 24; EDWARDS, Tyshawn 7-17 2-4 16; JONES, Dequan 4-12 4-4 14; EMMITT, Brandon 3-7 2-2 10; HATTIN, Sam 2-8 2-2 7; DENIS, Yandell 1-4 2-3 5; BOYD, Isaiah 1-8 2-2 4; JENKINS, Jahmill 1-1 1-1 3; GORDON, Travaughn 0-0 0-0 0; HILLS, David 0-0 0-0 0; OGBONNA, Uchechi 0-0 0-1 0; SMITH-OBASUYI, Dukpe 0-0 0-0 0; HARPER, Jr., Doug 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-71 24-30 83.
 
Niagara County CC.............   36   38  -   74
Erie Community College Kats...   37   46  -   83
 
3-point goals--Niagara County CC 7-22 (Joseph, Lorenzo 4-6; Davis, Richard 1-2; Seyler, Robbie 1-4; Roberts, AJ 1-8; Kazmierzcak, Vince 0-2), Erie Community College Kats 7-22 (JONES, Dequan 2-6; EMMITT, Brandon 2-5; ACHIUWA, God's Gift 1-1; DENIS, Yandell 1-1; HATTIN, Sam 1-6; BOYD, Isaiah 0-1; EDWARDS, Tyshawn 0-2). Rebounds--Niagara County CC 39 (Roberts, AJ 8), Erie Community College Kats 56 (EDWARDS, Tyshawn 11). Assists—Niagara County CC 16 (Roberts, AJ 6), Erie Community College Kats 14 (EDWARDS, Tyshawn 4). Total fouls--Niagara County CC 21, Erie Community College Kats 19.
 
 
 
 
 

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