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Skipjacks open district tourney against Globe
Three district rivals all played games against Maryland JuCo teams

VALHALLA, N.Y. – Chesapeake College, the newly crowned NJCAA Division I Region XX men’s basketball champion, will open District 3 tournament action Saturday at 4 p.m. against Globe (N.Y.) Institute of Technology here at Westchester Community College.

Globe (18-9) won the Region XV championship by beating Monroe (N.Y.) College, 88-70, in the region title game. Monroe (24-7) also advanced to the district tournament as the host region’s at-large team and will play Vincennes (Ind.) University (26-4) in Saturday’s 1 p.m. semifinal.

The district championship game between the two semifinal winners will take place here Sunday at 4 p.m., with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Division I national tournament March 18-22 in Hutchinson, Kan.

While Chesapeake earned its first-ever Region XX men’s basketball championship with Sunday’s 96-74 rout of Garrett College in the title game, Skipjacks head coach John Mappas had a message for each of his players after the win.

"We’re now done yet," Mappas said to each Skipjack as they waited for the post-game awards presentations.

"It’s a great accomplishment for us and for the school, but I don’t want them to feel that it’s over," Mappas said Monday evening. "We’re still in it. We’ve got to go up to New York to play a very good Globe team and I want the season to continue.

"I expect them to look back on the season when it’s over," added Mappas. "It’s still not over. They’ve accomplished a lot, but I feel there’s still a lot more left to accomplish."

While the Skipjacks (27-4) haven’t played Globe this season, the Knights played three of Chesapeake’s Maryland rivals. Globe, which is located right in New York City, defeated Allegany College of Maryland, 97-89, but lost to both Hagerstown Community College (84-81) and Cecil College (83-63).

Vincennes also played Allegany and Hagerstown, defeating the Trojans twice while losing to Hagerstown. Chesapeake, meanwhile, defeated Monroe, 92-76, in an early season match-up.

"We played Monroe when we had a full team," noted Mappas. "They were very good and very talented, and we trailed by five at the half."

NJCAA Division II Region XX champion Prince George’s Community College advances directly to the NJCAA Division II national championship tournament as a result of Sunday’s shocking, 98-95 overtime upset of previously undefeated and No. 1-ranked Cecil College. The Owls (23-8) will travel to Danville (Ill.) Area Community College for the 12-team Division II tournament, which takes place March 19-22.

Region XX’s Division III champion, Montgomery College/Germantown, hosted the District 7 title game Monday night too late for inclusion in today’s Star Democrat. Germantown (23-7) played Catawba Valley (N.C.) Community College (15-11) for the right to participate in the Division III national championship tournament March 13-15 in Delhi, N.Y.

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