INA - The form chart ended up holding in the NJCAA Region 24 men’s basketball tournament. Vincennes defeated Southwestern 76-65 on Friday in a battle of the top two seeds. And, the Trailblazers (31-2), who defeated Wabash Valley in the semi finals, will probably get a high seed when the NJCAA national tournaments gets underway on March 18 in Hutchinson, Kan.
Sixteen regional qualifiers have now been determined in addition to the four regions where second-place finishers advance. The NJCAA will fill the remaining slots in the expanded 24-team field on Monday when it selects four at-large teams.
The women’s championship game between Southwestern and Kaskaskia, was a bit anti-climactic. Region 24 received the double-bid from the NJCAA this year (which happens on a rotating basis), so both teams knew they were already headed to Salina, Kan. for the national tourney starting March 18.
But, the two still played for seeding positions in the 24-team tourney. Southwestern will get the better spot after defeating regulr-season champion Kaskaskia, 101-96 in an overtime battle of Great Rivers Athletic Conference team. Just as Kaskaskia had turned the table on Wabash Valley by winning the semi final game after losing twice during the season, the same fate awaited the Blue Angels in the finals, losing to a Southwestern team they had defeated twice during the regular season.
Southwestern is 25-5 on the season. Kaskaskia is 24-8