Men’s Basketball takes second place

The men’s basketball team traveled to New York for the NJCAA Division III National Tournament last week and came home with a second place win.

On Thursday, March 10, the Yellowjackets played in the quarterfinals against Philadelphia and won 65-52.

Demetrius Cady sank 17 points during the game and sank three three-pointers. Marquise Walker and Darrious Denson each scored 15 points during the game, and Aaron Samuels scored the only other three-pointer of the game.

The men sank nearly 74% of their free throws and had 36 rebounds.

On Friday, March 11, the men beat Davidson County Community College in the semifinals, 105-103 in overtime. After the Yellowjackets led 53-57 in the first quarter, Davidson managed to tie it up at the end of the second, and the Yellowjackets squeaked out 13 points to Davidson’s 11 in OT for the win.

Cady scored 23 points during the game, including six three-pointers. Walker scored 20 points, and Denson scored 18.

The team sank 75% of its free throws and had 40 rebounds.

The Yellowjackets then went to play in the championship game against Rock Valley College. The Yellowjackets were just two points behind at the half, but Rock Valley managed to pull away in the second.

Cady led with 16 points during the game and four three-pointers. Walker, Ben Ratliff, and Isaiah Coddon each scored 15 points during the game. Ratliff had two three-pointers.

The team sank nearly 80% of its free throws.

The Yellowjackets took second place with a final score of 75-88. This is the third time in seven years that RCTC has placed second in the national tournament.

Cady was named to the All-Tournament Team as part of the NJCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament Awards.

“On behalf of the players and coaches, we would like to thank everyone for the social media attention and press and TV segments regarding our NJCAA National Tournament Runner-up finish,” said Coach Brian LaPlante.  “We certainly thank Student Life for their contribution financially to our trip and the administration for their support. We also would like to thank Rochester and the surrounding communities for their well wishes and support as well. It was a great learning experience for our student-athletes.”

The Yellowjackets finish the season 30-3 overall. Congratulations, Yellowjackets!

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