Eastern Mountaineers claim second straight Region 2 Championship, headed to NJCAA National Tournament


The Eastern Mountaineers celebrate with head coach Scott Edgar (far right) after defeating Connors State College 98-88 to claim their second straight NJCAA Region 2 Championship. The Mountaineers are headed to the NJCAA National Tournament March 18-23 in Hutchison, Kan.
WILBURTON, OK (March 11, 2013) – Eastern Oklahoma State College is headed to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second straight year after claiming back-to-back Region 2 Championships.

The Mountaineers played a four-game stretch March 4-9 and defeated Connors State College 98-88 in the finals on Saturday to win their second straight Region 2 Tournament.

“In some ways it’s been a tough year because we were brand new. We came and won this last year with almost all sophomores. This team was a work in progress,” said Scott Edgar, head men’s basketball coach. “I’m honored and blessed and I’m happy for all our guys. Not many people get the chance to go to the national tournament once and we get to do it two straight years. Hopefully, wecan win and survive and advance. That’s what tournament play is about.”

The Mountaineers will face the Salt Lake Community College Bruins in their first game of the NJCAA National Tournament on Tuesday, March 19 in Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchison, Kan. Last year, Eastern finished fourth in the national tournament.

Sophomore Rod Lewis was named the Region 2 Tournament’s Most Valuable Player and freshman Alfonzie Wilson was named to the All-Tournament Team. Both players are from Memphis, Tenn.

During the tournament, the Mountaineers defeated Redlands Community College 89-73 in the first round on March 4 and Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa 77-68 in the second round on March 6. Eastern then defeated Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College 92-68 in the semi-finals on Friday. The Mountaineers are now 19-15 overall.

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