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Kats Win Region III Tournament, Advance to NJCAA Championships

Sunday, February 27, 2011
 
BUFFALO, N.Y. – (Feb. 27) – The Erie Community College men’s basketball team will make its fourth trip to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament since 2001 after recording a 75-68 win over Monroe Community College Sunday afternoon in the Region III Tournament held at the Flickinger Center. ECC also qualified for the national tournament in 2001, 2004 and 2008 under head coach Alex Nwora.

The Kats, the nation’s fifth-ranked team and now 26-2, were led by freshman guard Brandon Emmitt (Akron, Ohio/Garfield), who scored a career-high 16 points, including four three-point field goals. Dequan Jones (Brooklyn, N.Y./Pacific) had 15 points and nine rebounds while God’s Gift Achiuwa (Port Harcourt, River States, Nigeria) recorded 14 points and 14 rebounds. Jahmill Jenkins (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) scored 10 points, including the Kats’ first five points.
ECC used a 21-5 run to take a 24-8 lead when Emmitt hit a three-point field goal with 13 minutes left in the half. Monroe CC used an 8-0 run and then closed the half with an 8-1 run to make it ECC 38-30 at halftime.
The Kats used a 7-0 run, started by an Emmitt three-pointer, to take a 50-39 lead with 13:58 left. Monroe CC cut the lead to six, the last time making it 72-66, with 26.7 seconds remaining but could not get any closer.
Monroe CC, 20-10, was led by Aaron Williams’ 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The All-Region III Tournament team consisted of: Lorenzo Joseph, Niagara County CC; Kevin Nascimento, Genesee CC; Aaron Williams, Monroe CC; Jones, Emmitt and Achiuwa. Achiuwa was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
The NJCAA Division II National Tournament will be held in Danville, Ill., March 15-19.
MONROE CC (20-10): Aaron Williams 7-15 3-4 17; Jacob Grant 7-15 2-3 16; Quasim Pugh 6-14 2-3 15; Robert Burger 2-5 5-6 10; Greg Williams 2-3 0-0 5; Bobby Bell 1-3 0-0 3; Gerald Anthony 0-2 2-2 2; Chris Thompson 0-0 0-0 0; Andre Armstrong 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 14-18 68.
ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE KATS (26-2): EMMITT, Brandon 5-14 2-2 16; JONES, Dequan 4-13 6-7 15; ACHIUWA, God's Gift 3-13 8-12 14; JENKINS, Jahmill 4-6 0-0 10; EDWARDS, Tyshawn 2-8 5-6 9; HATTIN, Sam 2-5 0-0 5; DENIS, Yandell 2-9 0-1 5; HILLS, David 0-0 1-2 1; OGBONNA, Uchechi 0-0 0-0 0; SMITH-OBASUYI, Dukpe 0-0 0-0 0; HARPER, Jr., Doug 0-0 0-0 0; BOYD, Isaiah 0-1 0-0 0; GORDON, Travaughn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-69 22-30 75.

Monroe CC.....................   30   38  -   68
Erie Community College Kats...   38   37  -   75

3-point goals--Monroe CC 4-12 (Bobby Bell 1-3; Greg Williams 1-1; Robert Burger 1-1; Quasim Pugh 1-1; Andre Armstrong 0-2; Jacob Grant 0-2; Aaron Williams 0-2), Erie Community College Kats 9-31 (EMMITT, Brandon 4-11; JENKINS, Jahmill 2-4; JONES, Dequan 1-6; HATTIN, Sam 1-2; DENIS, Yandell 1-6; EDWARDS, Tyshawn 0-1; ACHIUWA, God's Gift 0-1). Rebounds--Monroe CC 43 (Aaron Williams 11), Erie Community College Kats 46 (ACHIUWA, God's Gift 14). Assists--Monroe CC 9 (Robert Burger 4), Erie Community College Kats 9 (EMMITT, Brandon 2; DENIS, Yandell 2). Total fouls--Monroe CC 24, Erie Community College Kats 19.

 
 
 
 
 

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