UT Dallas and Hardin-Simmons have been picked to win the 2017 American Southwest Conference East and West Division titles following a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information directors and select media members, the ASC office announced Tuesday (Oct. 18). UT Dallas (17-9 / 9-6 ASC) received 76 points and six first-place votes to lead the East Division. Coach Terry Butterfield and the Comets return several key players led by junior guard Caleb Banks. A first-team East Division selection, Banks led UTD in scoring (13.1), assists (5.6) and shot .412 from the field. Hardin-Simmons (19-11 / 8-6 ASC) was picked to win the West Division with 78 points and received nine first-place votes. HSU returns from a historic season. Coach Craig Carse led HSU to its first ASC championship and appearance in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the second round. HSU returns the bulk of its lineup led by senior center Justin Jones. Jones set the conference record for most blocks in a game (11) and in a season (122) and finished the year as the top shot-blocker in Division III. Four teams received first-place votes in the East Division indicating what could be a close race this season. East Texas Baptist (21-6 / 12-3 ASC), the defending East Division champions, came in a close second in the poll with 72 points and received the most first-place votes (7). The ASC championship runner-up Louisiana College (14-13 / 8-7 ASC), was picked third with 51 points and received one first-place vote followed closely by LeTourneau (12-14 / 8-7 ASC) in fourth with 46 points and one first-place vote. In the West Division, Sul Ross State (16-10 / 10-4) was tabbed second with 69 points and received five first-place votes. Coach Cliff Carroll led the Lobos to their first division title since 2005. SRSU brings back two award winners from last season - junior center Caleb Thomasson (6'7''-C), the West Division Newcomer of the Year and sophomore forward Brock Anders (6'4''-F), the West Division Freshman of the Year. The 2017 ASC Men's Basketball Watch List is composed of players nominated by the head coaches and returns two all-conference selections, 11 all-division recipients and five award winners. Leading the list of returning players is Ozarks senior forward Josh Berard who led the ASC in scoring (24.0) and ranked 12th in Division III. The 2017 season marks the 21st in league history. Regular season play begins November 12. The three-day, eight-team, single-elimination conference tournament is slated for February 23-25 at the site of the East Division No. 1 seed. The ASC Championship Tournament features the top four seeds from both divisions. An automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship will be on the line. Courtesy of: ascsports.com
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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