Raiders clinch regional title over Eagles
Northwest Florida State became the first men’s program since 2008-09 to win the NJCAA Region 8 championship, as it knocked off Tallahassee Community College 81-76 on Saturday night.
The Raiders (26-5), ranked No. 12 nationally, kept alive their hopes of a second consecutive NJCAA National Championship, as they knocked off the Eagles (21-12) for the third time in four meetings this season.
Jeromy Rodriguez’s tip-in with 5:26 left in the game put NWFS ahead for good at 64-63.
The tip-in was part of an 8-0 run, which included a pair of technical fouls against TCC and six straight free throws by the Raiders.
NWFS made 12-of-16 free throws over the final five minutes, as it rallied from down six in the final eight minutes.
Jared Wilson-Frame scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half on his way to earning tournament MVP for the Raiders.
Wilson-Frame scored 94 points in four games against TCC and ended the tournament with 55 points.
Shadell Millinghaus (15 points, seven rebounds) joined Wilson-Frame on the all-tournament for NWFS.
Daryl Edwards (14 points, five rebounds), Moustapha Diagne (nine points, four rebounds) and Rodriguez (11 rebounds) led the way for the Raiders.
Rashad Lewis led TCC with 20 points and set the tournament record with 17 3-pointers made.
Lewis surpassed the previous record of 16 set by Derrick Sharp of Eastern Florida State in 1991.
For the tournament, Lewis made 17-of-33, thanks to a 6-of-12 mark on Saturday.
Daishon Smith (15 points, nine rebounds, six assists), David Simmons (14 points, six assists) and Deion Bute (14 points, six rebounds) paced TCC.
The Eagles made 9-of-27 from 3-point range and finished the tournament 30-of-82 from beyond the arc.
Gulf Coast State rolled to a 75-56 win over Northwest Florida State to claim the NJCAA Region 8 women’s basketball championship.
For the Commodores (28-1), the nation’s top-ranked team, it was their first Region 8 title since 2013.
Kristina King (26 points, 11 rebounds) earned tournament MVP honors for Gulf Coast.
Amanda Paschal (12 points), Audrey Caron-Goudreau (12 points, seven rebounds) and Maria Morales-Castro (10 points, 10 rebounds) also were named to the all-tournament team for the Commodores.
Shami Goodman (16 points), Brittney Snowden (10 points, eight rebounds) and Bride Kennedy-Hopoate (10 points) led the way for the Raiders.
Both Gulf Coast and Northwest Florida State earned automatic bids to the Region 8 Tournament in Lubbock, Tex.
The Raiders, who upset nationally-ranked Daytona State (No. 2) and Chipola (No. 6) to get to the finals, advance as the Region 8 Zone Qualifier.