No. 5 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) moved to a perfect 3-0 in the first round of the championship after an 87-81 win against No. 4 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) in the final game of Day 2 of the 2016 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Saints, who also earned tournament-opening wins in 2012 and 2015, faces No. 1 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) on Friday, March 18 at 9:45 p.m. CDT. In a game that finished at 1:19 a.m. CDT time, there was no shortage of action. The two teams combined for 132 field goals attempted, 58 free throws attempted, 23 three-pointers made, and 19 steals. Seven players scored at least 10 points - four by Freed-Hardeman. 'I thought we played well against a very good team,' said Our Lady of the Lakes head coach Ryan Wall . 'Our bench was crucial for us tonight, especially early with two of our best players sitting with foul trouble. Some guys that had not stepped up all year were big for us. 'In addition to Joe Jackson, who makes me a better coach, Olajuwon Garner (6'2''-G) took care of the ball and Christian Wood-Dvorak (6'3''-F-95) made us tougher as he always does,' added Wall. 'We need everyone to perform their roles for us to be successful and we played as a team tonight to get the win.' Entering the game with the fourth-most 3-pointer's in the NAIA per game (10.5), Our Lady of the Lake turned to its long-range shooters for success again. Led by Christian Wood-Dvorak's four triples and Olajuwon Garner's three, the entire team went 13-for-38 (.342) on the night. It was a Garner three-pointer four minutes into the game that sparked an offensive spurt for the Saints. Down 10-2 after a pair of free throws by Freed-Hardeman's Orlando Bass, Garner swished the net and, propelled by five more treys, the Saints (21-8) took a 40-36 lead into halftime. Our Lady of the Lake, which has topped at least 20 wins in each of the last three seasons, never trailed in the second half. The Lions got as close as two points on two occasions - the last being at 66-64 with 5:45 left in the game - but the Saints continued to put pressure on the offensive end. Garner was tops for the Saints in the scoring column with 19 points as he was 7-for-15 from the field. Jackson finished with a double-double at 16 points and 14 rebounds. Wood-Dvorak nailed 4-of-8 behind the arc to collect 14 points. Darion Brown (5'7''-PG) chipped in six assists, four steals and four points. Evan Forhetz (5'10''-PG) put up 18 points in the losing effort for Freed-Hardeman. He added five assists and two steals. Bass finished with 16 points and Isaiah Harrison and Trevor Randolph (6'4''-G/F) each recorded 12. 'Coach Wall (Our Lady of the Lake) and his team took us out of what we really wanted to do and created turnovers,' said Freed-Hardeman Head Coach Jason Shelton . 'I feel bad for our three seniors, all fifth-year year guys. I hope they realize how special the season was, despite the outcome tonight. They are the first team to ever win back-to-back regular-season conference championships in the sport of men's basketball.' Freed-Hardeman ends its season with a 25-8 record. Courtesy of: naia.org
Mayville State Hires Darren Tighe to Lead Men's Basketball Program - 19 days ago
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The Mayville State Comets are pleased to announce that they have hired Ridgewater Community College Head Coach Darren Tighe as their new Men's Basketball Coach. Coach Tighe on his new opportunity - "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Mayville State University family! I want to thank Athletic Director Mike Moore, President Dr. Gary Hagen, the search committee, and the entire comet athletic staff. Once I was able to step on campus, it did not take long to figure out that Mayvill... [read more]
The Mayville State Comets are pleased to announce that they have hired Ridgewater Community College Head Coach Darren Tighe as their new Men's Basketball Coach. Coach Tighe on his new opportunity - "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Mayville State University family! I want to thank Athletic Director Mike Moore, President Dr. Gary Hagen, the search committee, and the entire comet athletic staff. Once I was able to step on campus, it did not take long to figure out that Mayville State is a special place with first class people! The opportunity to become the head coach at such a prestigious academic university with a rich basketball tradition was too good to pass up. My family and I are looking forward to moving to North Dakota and becoming ingrained in the community. We are extremely excited to begin the process of building a championship culture with the men's basketball program at Mayville State University!" Coach Tighe graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a Bachelors Degree in English Studies. He also received his Master's Degree in Teaching from Minnesota State University Mankato. From 2007-11, Coach Tighe worked with the men's basketball program at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN under Head Coach Rick Jeddeloh . Coach Tighe worked his way up the coaching ranks from 2nd assistant his first two years to head assistant in 2010, then to Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach in 2011. During that time, he helped the Vikings reach the conference tournament all four years along with a Conference Championship appearance in 2009. Coach Tighe's responsibilities at Bethany included serving as the recruiting coordinator, head of the tape exchange program, Point Guard and Defensive Coach, as well as leading the individual skill development program. He also assisted with opponent scouting reports and was the summer assistant camp coordinator. After Bethany, Coach Tighe spent some time in the high school ranks, as he served as the Head Coach at JWP High School. He then taught and coached two years at Redwood Valley High School, where he helped the Cardinals to a State Tournament appearance in 2013 and a section runner up finish in 2014. At this time, Coach Tighe accepted the Head Coach position at Ridgewater Community College In Willmar, MN. In his inaugural season with the Warriors, Coach Tighe helped lead Ridgewater to a 9-18 record. He coached All Conference Selection Dylan Schueler (Willmar, MN) as well as six members of the MCAC All Conference Academic Team. Year two of the Tighe era saw the Warriors etch their names in the Ridgewater record books. The team set school records for most regular season wins in school history (20) and tied the record for most wins in a season (22) with the 1965 Warrior Basketball team. The 22 wins was more than the last two seasons combined for the Warrior basketball program. The 22-8 record was even more impressive as the MCAC was as tough as ever hosting the #2, #3, and #4th ranked teams in the nation. Six of the team's eight losses came to nationally ranked teams or D1 junior colleges. Seven freshmen averaged double digit minutes this season. Akeem Oglesby (Statesboro, GA) and Jack Turnbull (Adelaide, South Australia) were named to the MCAC All Southern Division Team and the All MCAC team. Oglesby was also named to the All Region 13 team as well as being named the Region 13 player of the year. Oglesby was also awarded the honor of being named 2nd team All American. The Ridgewater men's basketball team had another quality year under the 2016-17 season, as they finished 17-8 with program building wins over nationally recognized RCTC, Central Lakes, and St. Cloud Tech. The Warriors once again relied on outside shooting and were ranked 2nd, 4th, and 9th in the nation in three pt field goals made, attempted, and percentage. Ridgewater averaged 82 PPG and gave up an MCAC Southern Division Low 70 PPG. Another Ridgewater trademark of taking care of and sharing the basketball shown bright in 2017 with the Warriors ranking 14th in the nation in assists per game (18.8) and 7th in the nation in turnovers per game (10.6). Oglesby again continued his historic Ridgewater career earning MCAC All Southern Division honors, All State MCAC Honors, as well as making the All Region Team. Athletic Director Mike Moore on Coach Tighe's hire - "We are excited to have Darren as our new head men's bb coach. During the interview process Darren showed a great deal of compassion and drive in regard to this position. His experience as a head coach and experience particularly at the junior college level has him to come in and re-energize our program quickly. He made a definite connection with the search committee and our current players and I'm confident he will do the same with Mayville-Portland and the surrounding communities. He and his family will be a great fit for our setting. It was evident during the process that building relationships is a priority for him. We anticipate him starting his duties in the next few days." Courtesy of: victorysportsnetwork.com
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