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Mayor honors Bears’ National Champion Men’s Basketball team

May 08, 2014

Delivers City of Phoenix Certificate of Recognition to PC coaches & players at Phoenix City Council session


Phoenix, Arizona – May 8, 2014 -- Phoenix College is proud to announce that the Bears’ Men’s Basketball team has been officially honored by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.  The honor was bestowed on PC Men’s Head Basketball Coach Matt Gordon and his team Tuesday at the Phoenix City Council Policy Session Meeting at Phoenix City Hall. 


It’s the latest accolade for the program that has been showered with awards and praise ever since watching the scoreboard clock at Mary Miller Center in Danville, Illinois tick down to zeros on Saturday night, March 22nd.  That signaled the end of a 93-year drought of NJCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Trophies not just for PC but also all of Arizona, since the Bears were just the 3rd community college team in the history of the Grand Canyon State (and first ever in Maricopa County) to reach an NJCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game, and the first to walk away with the championship trophy.  Since their 71-67 win over Essex County College (NJ) in the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship, Gordon has won three different Coach of the Year Awards, and the Bears’ coaches and players have been recognized by various organizations. 


Tuesday’s recognition ceremony ranks among one of the top honors for the team-as demonstrated by the fact that even though it’s Finals Week on the Phoenix College campus, nearly all of the student-athletes on the team were able to get their tests done and appear at Phoenix City Hall.  Gordon and Bears’ Assistant Coach Che’ Jones were also on hand as Mayor Stanton first recognized the team’s championship accomplishment; honored Bears’ point guard Brandon Brown for being named the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player; honored Gordon for winning NJCAA District I Coach of the Year; then delivered a City of Phoenix Certificate of Recognition to the team for their ‘outstanding achievement and victorious season’.  The team then presented Mayor Stanton with a commemorate national championship team picture, and then Mayor Stanton and the Phoenix City Council members posed for pictures with the coaches and players.