Men’s Basketball Third in Nationals

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Congratulations to the RCTC Men’s Basketball Yellowjackets, who placed third in the NJCAA National Tournament, held March 12-14.

The men took on Sandhills Community College the first round on March 12, and beat them by 21 points, 90-69.

Justyn Galloway stepped up to the challenge, scoring 22 points, followed by Robert Claypool with 14. Galloway also sank both his two 3-pointer attempts, and Claypool scored four 3-pointers.

The Yellowjackets moved forward in the competition to play number one seed Rock Valley College on March 13. Rock Valley was ahead eight points at the half, and pulled ahead even more the second half with another twelve points to win 73-53.

Aaron Samuels sank 13 points, and Ben Ratliff scored nine. The Yellowjackets hit nearly 92 percent of their free throw attempts, with 11 of 12 in the basket. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and Rock Valley proceeded to the finals for the Championship game.

The Yellowjackets took on Hostos Community College for third place and rallied from the loss against Rock Valley to beat them by a whopping 32 points, 92-60.

Ratliff scored 20 points in the game, followed by Galloway with 17. Demetrius Cady scored four of five 3-pointer attempts, and Claypool added another three 3-pointers during the game.

The Yellowjackets finished the season 28-5 overall and 13-1 in conference.

Congratulations Yellowjackets on third in the nation!

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