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Men's Basketball: Phoenix @ Essex County CC (NJ) (NJCAA DIVISION II TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)
March 22, 2014
Saturday @ 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Danville, IL
Mary Miller Center (Danville Area CC)

Results

PC Score: 
71
Opponent Score: 
67
Results: 
Win

NJCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL FINAL

(at Mary Miller Center, Danville Area CC, Danville, IL)

2014 NJCAA DIVISION II MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

                                                                                                1              2              Final

(12) Essex County (NJ)                                                           33           34              67

(15) Phoenix                                                                           41           30              71

 

High Scorers:

PHX:               Derreck Brooks 25, Joel Feigler 17, Brandon Brown 14

ESS:               Dion Rogers 25, Chris Compas 12

 

Records:

PHX:               28-8 Overall, 16-6 ACCAC

ESS:               28-6 Overall

         

Coach’s Quote:

Matt Gordon:  “It’s easy for me to answer why this team gelled:  these guys bought in to everything we told them.  They grasped it in November, they played together, they were unselfish, and they never let anything affect them negatively.  It’s an amazing group of kids, and this is the best team that I’ve ever had the chance to be a part of.  I don’t know when the idea of being a national champion is going to fully sink in, but this is amazing, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

 

PHX’s Next Game: 

Men:                    SEASON COMPLETE

 

Game Notes:

-BEARS’ FIRST NATIONAL TITLE IN 93-YEAR HISTORY OF MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM

-BRANDON BROWN:  TOURNAMENT’S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

-ESS scored game’s first 5 points; led 7-2 before Bears went on 10-0 run to take lead for good

-5 ties in game, but only one in 2nd half

-Bench scoring:  PHX 0, ESS 14

-Bears’ largest lead of game was 13 (41-28)

-Rogers’ 3-ptr w/ 1:40 left tied score (65-65); PHX’s Joel Feigler broke tie with jumper w/ :39 left

-Brooks & Brown each made 2 FT in final 20 seconds to clinch title

-Rebounds:  PHX 33 (Brendon Pineda-Morales 12), ESS 37 (Compas 8)

-3-ptrs:  PHX 3-for-9 (Brooks 3), ESS 7-for-18 (Rogers 6)

-FG Shooting:  PHX 42% (24-for-57), ESS 40% (26-for-65)

-FT Shooting:  PHX 20-for-28 (Brooks 10-for-10), ESS 8-for-14

-Bears’ 13th straight win; snaps ESS’s 14-game winning streak

-BEARS:  1ST-EVER 2-YEAR ARIZONA MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM TO WIN NATIONAL TITLE