Freshman Cam Haslam (6'2''-G) sunk a pair of free throws with two seconds left on the clock to send the Chapman University men's basketball team to the NCAA Tournament with a 71-69 win over Redlands on Saturday. It is the Panthers second SCIAC Tournament in three years. Neither team held more than an eight point lead through the entire game nor the game became even tighter down the stretch. After the 10-minute mark of the second half, the teams were separated by two points or less until the final buzzer sounded with the Panthers holding the edge. Chapman opened the game on a 12-5 run and led by four at the half. Redlands erased the lead early in the second and kept a hot shooting hand throughout the final stanza, shooting 56.7 percent in the half and 50.8 percent in the game. After moving within one point of the lead with a three-pointer by Redlands' Blake O''Brien at the 14:06-mark in the second, Redlands grabbed its first lead of the game when Sean Milligan (6'2''-G) located Aljosa Bjekovic (6'5''-F) for a bucket from downtown to snag a two-point advantage at 49-47 with 12:56 left in the contest. Husslein maintained the lead by hitting back-to-back jumpers while notching a lay-up shortly after for Redlands' 55-51 lead nearing the midway point of the stanza. The hardwood stayed hot as the teams traded buckets and the lead in the final three minutes of the game. With Husslein and Bjekovic each hitting go-ahead jumpers under the three-minute mark, the Panthers successfully answered back each time. O'Brien followed by draining the biggest shot of his young career to tie the game at 69-all with less than seven seconds remaining. However, the Panthers drew a foul and knocked down two shots at the free-throw line on the ensuing possession, handing the Bulldogs the defeat. For Redlands, Bjekovic finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block. Kyle Husslein (6'2''-G) notched 14 points, while O'Brien drilled 13 points and hauled in five rebounds. Haslam scored 12 of his 21 points in the second half to help the Panthers come back from a small deficit. Luke Hamlin (6'2''-G) was just shy of a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds to go along with three assists. Sophomore Rob Nelsen (6'5''-G) scored 10 points and James Taylor (6'8''-F) scored 12 while pulling down five boards.
Player of the Year: Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) of Babson Rookie of the Year: Jake Ross (6'4''-G) of Springfield Coach of the Year: Jeff Brown of Middlebury 1st Team Marcos Echevarria (5'10''-PG) of Nichols Joey Flannery of Babson Matt St.Amour (6'3''-G) of Middlebury Hugh Lindo (6'4''-F-94) of Eastern Connecticut Edward Ogundeko (6'5''-C/F) of Trinity (Conn.) 2nd Team Raheem Anderson (6'1''-G) of Husson Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) of Williams Jake Ross of Springfield Matt Ozzella (6'4''-G/F... [read more]
Player of the Year: Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) of Babson College of Babson Rookie of the Year: Jake Ross (6'4''-G) of Springfield Co-Coach of the Year: Eric Bridgeland of Whitman and Grey Giovanine of Augustana 1st Team Tahron Harvey (6'3''-G) of Benedictine University of Benedictine Ty Sabin (6'2''-G) of Ripon College of Ripon Joey Flannery of Babson Harrison Blackledge (6'6''-F) of Hope College, MI of Hope Jordan Robinson (6'3''-F) of North Park University of North Park 2nd Team Samuel B... [read more]
Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) blocked a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left and Babson held off Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 Division III men's basketball championship. As Augustana did in Friday's semifinal, the Vikings opened the game with hot shooting and built a 10-point lead on Dylan Sortillo's three-pointer midway through the first period. Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) sparked a 25-5 run for Babson with a pair of three pointers and a layup and the Beavers took a 41-31 lead in... [read more]
Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) blocked a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left and Babson held off Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 Division III men's basketball championship. As Augustana did in Friday's semifinal, the Vikings opened the game with hot shooting and built a 10-point lead on Dylan Sortillo's three-pointer midway through the first period. Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) sparked a 25-5 run for Babson with a pair of three pointers and a layup and the Beavers took a 41-31 lead into the half. Babson held Augustana at arm's length for much of the second half and led 71-61 with six minutes to play when the Vikings started their rally. Nolan Ebel (6'1''-G) hit a three-pointer with less than three minutes left to pull the Vikings within four at 79-75. After a couple of empty possessions for both teams, Augustana fouled Babson with 21 seconds left, sending the Beavers to the free throw line for one-and one. They missed the first shot and Augustana grabbed the rebound and found Jacob Johnston for three to cut the lead to 79-78 with 10 seconds left. Babson again missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Vikings gave the ball to Ebel who raced down the floor. Ebel tried to arc a shot over three Babson defenders with three seconds left but Flannery smacked the ball away. Babson grabbed the rebound and was fouled with one second left. Babson missed the one-and-one again but, after an Augustana time out, the Vikings only had time for a long heave down the floor that was deflected away. Flannery finished with 23 points, which gives him 2,620 in his career, good enough for eighth place all-time in Division III. Isaiah Nelsen scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half and Comenale finished with 16 points for Babson. Ebel notched 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Augustana (24-9). Augustana finishes as national runner-up for the second time in three seasons. Babson's championship is the first men's basketball title for the College and the fifth overall in team sports. Babson won three titles in men's soccer in 1975, 1979 and 1980 and a men's hockey championship in 1984. Flannery, who was named Player of the Year before the game, took home the Most Oustanding Player award. The other members of the All-Tournament team were Nelsen, Ebel, Chrishawn Orange (6'2''-G) for Augustana and Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) for Williams. Before the title game, the East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 139-116 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reece's Division III All-Star Game. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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