WINONA LAKE – Grace College had double vision Saturday night in finding out its placement in the NCCAA Basketball National Championships.
The Lancers and Lady Lancers were both chosen as No. 5 seeds in their respective brackets, set to begin play Wednesday at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on the campus of Grace College.
And with both teams earning No. 5 seeds, both teams also found out it will play Bluefield College (Va.), which was chosen as the No. 4 seed in both tournaments. The Bluefield men are 18-13 this season, but just 5-5 in its last 10 games. Ty’quon Reid leads the Rams at 15.0 points per game, part of an attack that has five players scoring in double figures. The Bluefield women are 16-16 and 5-5 in its last 10 games. Dana Cox leads the team at 15.1 points per game, but only two Lady Rams are hitting double figures for a team that scores 61.6 points per game, to which Grace is scoring 73.4 per night.
The national tournament games begin on Wednesday, March 13th with eight games on the schedule for the first and second days of the tournament. The tournament concludes on Saturday, March 16th with the men’s championship game scheduled for 2 p.m. and the women’s championship at 5 p.m.
Grace takes on Bluefield in the men’s game at approximately 5:15 p.m., followed by the Parade of Champions ceremony where all 16 participating teams are introduced will be held at 7 p.m. at the arena. The Grace women’s basketball team will meet Bluefield at 7:30 p.m. after the Parade of Champions.
The NCCAA tournament banquet will be held at Warsaw Community Church at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12th. There are tickets available to attending the tournament banquet. Please contact the Grace College Athletic office at (574) 372-5100 ext: 6266 to reserve tickets.
To follow the NCCAA National Championship tournament, visit the official tournament website: www.GCLancers.com/NCCAA. There will be 24 games in four days and two national champions crowned at the Orthopaedic Capital Center.