Stormers advance to quarter-finals – MATC Times
Men’s basketball team defeats Scottsdale 91-84
DANVILLE — Defensive play won the day as the Milwaukee Area Technical College Stormers men’s basketball beat the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes
91-84 in the first round of the NJCAA National Championship at Mary Miller Gymnasium in Danville, IL.
The victory advances the Stormers to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA National Tournament. The team will face the Des Moines Area Community College Bears tonight at 8 p.m.
Team Arizona entered the tournament with a 19-11 record and were the Region 1, Division II champions. None of that mattered after the 1 p.m. whistleblower.
The Stormers have been playing fast-paced basketball all year and this game was no different. Quick transition points and a stifling defense kept the team on their toes despite the Artichokes’ best efforts.
“You know to have a shot at a national title after what happened two years ago is a real treat,” said head coach Randy Casey. “This team has its own identity though and we are looking to play our game and make a run,” he said.
Stormers point guard Jaylin Scott led the charge with 22 points on 12 shots. He was also key in fending off the Artichokes’ best efforts to come back, an effort that took them within three points both in the second half. Scott had nothing but praise for the resilience of his team.
“We just stayed true to ourselves. They did a few races but I just tried to be confident in my team and what we did all year. We showed a lot of tenacity,” Scott said.
That tenacity was felt on the defensive end where the Stormers had nine interceptions as a team. Chima Nwosu also grabbed ten defensive rebounds to help lift the team to 51 overboards. That will be something to look for in today’s game against Des Moines.
The Stormers will have to win to avoid being relegated to the consolation bracket. The last time the Stormers played in the national tournament, they placed fifth overall.
“We’re just going to be ourselves and get some sleep before tomorrow’s game,” Scott said.
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