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Skipjacks open district tourney against Globe

Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2008

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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