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Macklin represents Rend Lake College on NJCAA All-American list

INA, Ill. (April 11, 2013) - Cortez Macklin has been named a Division II Second-Team All-American in basketball by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Macklin is a 6-3, 175-pound, guard from Louisville, Ky. As the Warriors' scoring leader (13.1 ppg), he played a pivotal role in Rend Lake's wildly successful season - 30 wins and the program's first national championship, as well as the 2013 Great Rivers Athletic Conference Championship (14-2) and NJCAA DII Region XXIV Championship.

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He finished his freshman year with 379 points and averages of 43.9 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from three-point range, and 66.9 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. True to form, Macklin led the Warriors with 19 points in its 87-69 national championship win over Moraine Valley Community College on March 23. His season high of 28 came in RLC's first game on the schedule - a 102-87 finish over Southern Institute. He had 27 on Jan. 19 at Wabash Valley College.

VIew Macklin's complete 2012-13 stats online at  http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/2012-13/div2/players/cortezmackling7t2

View the complete All-American list at  http://www.njcaa.org/sports_awards.cfm?category=Award%20Winners&sid=5&divid=2&slid=2.

 

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

 

Red-Hot Shooting Leads to DII Men's Basketball Title for Rend Lake (NJCAA report)

 

 

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Red-Hot Shooting Leads to DII Men's Basketball Title for Rend Lake

 

March 23, 2013

 

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Rend Lake College (Ill.) rushed to a 19-3 lead en route to an impressive 87-69 win over Moraine Valley Community College (Ill.) in the title game of the 2013 NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament Saturday (March 23rd) in Danville, Ill. The national championship is the first in program history for Rend Lake.

 

The Warriors’ three-point shooting was pivotal to their big lead in the first half, shooting over 50 percent (6-of-11) from long distance. RLC’s shooting overall was most impressive as they found the bottom of the net on 32-of-62 field goal attempts (51.6%) for the game.

 

Cortez Macklin led the Warriors with 19 points and eight rebounds. Bronson Verhines posted a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Jeril Taylor had 15 points and Noel Allen added 12. Dawson Verhines was credited with eight assists.

 

The Rend Lake defense held Moraine Valley to 34.7 percent shooting from the field. Darryl Hervey led the Cyclones with 17 points. Dave Williams added 13 and Karrington Ward had 11 points to go with 11 rebounds.

 

The title game matchup between the two Illinois programs marks the first time two teams from the same state have played for the national championship in NJCAA Division II men’s basketball.

 

For more on the tournament visit NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball National Championship Page. All games from the tournament can be seen via video archive on NJCAA TV.

 

TOURNAMENT MVP
Bronson Verhines, Rend Lake

 

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Fred Mattison, Mott CC
Kevin Williams, Louisburg College
Bryce Walker, South Suburban College
Dallas Gary, Monroe CC
Joe Retic II, Owens CC
Wendell Pierre, Brown Mackie College
Rico Spikes, Brown Mackie College
Arnold Fripp, Monroe CC
Darryl Hervy, Moraine Valley CC
Jeril Taylor, Rend Lake College
Karington Ward – Moraine Valley CC
Cortez Macklin – Rend Lake College

 

JACK CISTRIANO BEST SMALL MAN AWARD
Bryce Walker, South Suburban College

 

FRED POHLMAN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Dawson Verhines, Rend Lake College

 

COACH OF THE TOURNAMENT 
Randy House, Rend Lake College 

 

 

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NATIONALS FINAL FOUR WIN

 

 

Rend Lake College Warriors will play for national championship Saturday

DANVILLE, Ill. (March 22,  2013) - The Rend Lake College Warriors beat Owens Community College 80-75 Friday in the NJCAA DII Men's Basketball Final Four in Danville. The Warriors will play for the national championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

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NATIONALS QUARTERFINAL WIN

Amazing comeback win casts RLC Warriors into national semifinals

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DANVILLE, Ill. (March 20, 2013) - Momentum.
 
While watching the Rend Lake College Warriors get behind South Suburban College in the national basketball championship quarterfinals Wednesday night, there was a feeling they could still swing it. Too good a team to go quietly against the Bulldogs program-turned rival over the span of a year, there was still a fixed hope things would change. But it was double-digits by the half. Then 20 points. Things seemed to be getting away from the Warriors in a hurry. 
 
But then it happened. A couple of stops here. A turnover there. Still enough time. The momentum had turned and Rend Lake had dug itself out. It found itself with the ball and a chance to hit a last-second long shot to win. Sophomore guard Dawson Verhines (Woodlawn) caught the inbound pass, launched a half-court laser over two defenders, and it rimmed out. It was perhaps the greatest comeback in RLC sports history already, and the Warriors hadn't won anything.  
 
Overtime.
 
RLC went on the attack, taking advantage of South Suburban players who had picked up four fouls in regulation. It worked. Two Bulldogs fouled out by way of Warriors slashing into the lane off the dribble. South Suburban's coach went to a player on the bench who had four fouls. Within two or three possessions he had fouled out. RLC's plan was working, but it was still down. Players kept fighting on defense, going hard for loose balls and working for good shots. A couple of costly turnovers and a foul by the Bulldogs put the hammer in Rend Lake's hand with Jeril Taylor holding the last nail. The spindly, 6-4 freshman from Louisville, Ky., had hit key shots throughout the game - three from long range and a team-high 19 points. It was fitting he was the one called to close.  
 
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Taylor stepped to the line with five seconds left. The rest of his team had pulled out to the other end of the floor to put up one last defensive stand. Without hesitation, he made the first. It looked more like he was shooting in the first five seconds of the game than the last five seconds of overtime. His second shot found nothing but net in the same fashion. South Suburban pushed the ball down the floor, passed to a man in the corner and got off one last shot. However, RLC big man Bronson Verhines (Woodlawn) blocked the ball farther out of bounds than it had travelled from the shooter's hand.
 
The block ended the game and sends a roused Rend Lake team into the national semifinals. The #4 seeded Warriors (28-3) play at 6 p.m., Friday, against #8 Owens Community College of Ohio (26-8). Listen live at Q106.3FM and watch a live stream at www.ihigh.com/njcaatv.
 
The Warriors' 98-75 win over Cecil College on Tuesday was the first men's basketball national tournament win in RLC school history. Tonight's incredible 85-83 overtime victory is the second. 
 
Momentum.
 
For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.  
 

Date: 3/20/2013           Arena: Mary Miller

Time: 8:00 pm             City, State: Danville, IL                        

VISITOR: South Suburban (83 OT)

                         TOT-FG 3-PT           REBOUNDS

NO PLAYER               P FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OFF DEF TOT PF TP A TO BK S MIN

21 Thorton, Kadeem     * 4   8 0   0 0   0   2   5   7 3 8 2 1 0 1 38-

23 Harris, Michael     * 9 24 6 13 0   1   2   2   4 2 24 1 5 0 1 44+

24 Walker, Bryce       * 9 20 4 11 3   3   2   5   7 0 25 8 2 0 0 44-

30 Lee, Michael         * 4   8 1   3 2   2   1   3   4 5 11 2 5 0 2 32+

32 Beard, Stefan       * 2   5 0   1 1   5   2   0   2 4 5 1 1 1 0 18-

10 Strickland, Anthony     0   2 0   0 1   2   0   0   0 5 1 1 1 0 0 11-

34 Hopkins, Marius         0   0 0   0 0   0   0   0   0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1-

41 Davis, Henry           3   5 0   0 1   4   2   5   7 1 7 1 0 0 0 14-

55 Shofidiya, Rasheed     1   2 0   0 0   0   0   1   1 3 2 0 1 1 0 24+

TEAM REBOUNDS                                    0   0   0           0        

Team Totals               32 74 11 28 8 17 11 21 32 23 83 16 17 2 4 225

Total FG% - 1st: 15/35 0.429 2nd and OTs: 17/39 0.436 Game: 0.432   Deadball

3-PT FG%   - 1st: 6/15 0.400 2nd and OTs: 5/13 0.385 Game: 0.393   Rebounds

Total FT% - 1st: 1/2   0.500 2nd and OTs: 7/15 0.467 Game: 0.471     (5,7)

HOME: Rend Lake College (85 OT)

                         TOT-FG 3-PT           REBOUNDS

NO PLAYER               P FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OFF DEF TOT PF TP A TO BK S MIN

10 Ayala, Corey         * 2 10 1   2 2   2   4   3   7 1 7 4 4 0 0 31+

21 Allen, Noel         * 4   5 0   0 2   4   5   5 10 1 10 1 3 2 1 28-

24 Verhines, Dawson     * 3 13 0   7 2   2 1   1   2 2 8 5 3 1 2 38+

30 Macklin, Cortez     * 6 14 0   5 4   4   0   4   4 2 16 0 1 0 1 33+

42 Verhines, Bronson   * 6   8 0   0 1   4   5   8 13 3 13 3 2 3 1 38+

5 Whaley, Trice           3   5 0   0 0   0   3   0   3 1 6 0 0 0 1   9+

00 Williams, Montez       0   1 0   0 1   2   0   2   2 1 1 0 0 0 0   7-

20 Bryant, Stephon         2   6 1   2 0   0   1   1   2 0 5 0 1 0 1   5+

22 Taylor, Jeril           6 17 3 10 4   5   0   7   7 4 19 1 1 0 0 30-

32 Buford, Montez         0   0 0   0 0   0   0   0   0 0 0 0 1 0 0   4-

34 Singletary, Alonzo     0   0 0   0 0   0   0   0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1+

TEAM REBOUNDS                                   0   0   0           0        

Team Totals               32 79 5 26 16 23 19 31 50 15 85 14 16 6 7 225

Total FG% - 1st: 10/31 0.323 2nd and OTs: 22/48 0.458 Game: 0.405   Deadball

3-PT FG%   - 1st: 1/10 0.100 2nd and OTs: 4/16 0.250 Game: 0.192   Rebounds

Total FT% - 1st: 3/7   0.429 2nd and OTs: 13/16 0.813 Game: 0.696     (7,4)

Technical Fouls: SS (0)

               : RLC (0)

ENHANCED SCORING             FstBrk OffTov Paint 2ndCh Bench

             South Suburban   0     16     26     11     10

           Rend Lake College   0     19     50     21     31

SCORE BY PERIODS             1st   2nd   OT1   TOTAL

            South Suburban   37     38     8     83

           Rend Lake College   24     51     10     85

SHOT CHART

South Suburban

 FG

FGA

PCT

3P

3PA

PCT

 FT

FTA

PCT

ORB

DRB

TRB

PF

 A

TO

BK

ST

PTS


1st

15

35

42.9

6

15

40.0

1

2

50.0

3

11

14

10

7

6

1

2

37

2nd

14

27

51.9

3

8

37.5

7

13

53.8

4

7

11

8

7

11

0

2

38

OT1

3

12

25.0

2

5

40.0

0

2

0.0

4

3

7

5

2

0

1

0

8


 

32

74

43.2

11

28

39.3

8

17

47.1

11

21

32

23

16

17

2

4

83

                                     
                                     

Rend Lake

 FG

FGA

PCT

3P

3PA

PCT

 FT

FTA

PCT

ORB

DRB

TRB

PF

 A

TO

BK

ST

PTS


1st

10

31

32.3

1

10

10.0

3

7

42.9

4

15

19

4

4

9

4

3

24

2nd

21

43

48.8

4

14

28.6

5

6

83.3

13

11

24

10

9

7

1

4

51

OT1

1

5

20.0

0

2

0.0

8

10

80.0

2

5

7

1

1

0

1

0

10


 

32

79

40.5

5

26

19.2

16

23

69.6

19

31

50

15

14

16

6

7

85





SCORE BY PERIODS

1st

2nd

OT1

TOTAL

South Suburban

37

38

8

83

Rend Lake College

24

51

10

85



 
 
NATIONALS OPENING ROUND WIN
 

RLC Warriors advance at basketball nationals

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RLCWarriorsPromoMOVING ON - The Warriors are moving to the next round of the national championship tournament in Danville. FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT; Trice Whaley, Bronson Verhines, Jeril Taylor, Corey Ayala, and Stephon Bryant. BACK ROW, FROM LEFT; Cortez Macklin, Dennis Froemling, Montez Buford, Antoine Buchanon, Montez Williams, Jesse Smith, Noel Allen, Dawson Verhines, and Alonzo Singletary.

DANVILLE, Ill. (March 19, 2013) – Rend Lake College’s 12-point lead at halftime over Cecil College was a promising start in today’s opening round of the 2013 NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament in Danville.

It got better.

After recovering from a meltdown in the opening minutes of the second half, the Warriors took control and won 98-75 over a Seahawks squad that logged an atypical 33.7 percent from the field. Cecil led the nation in three-point shooting during the regular season.

But it was Rend Lake that hit from beyond the arc in the second half – 44 percent. Big shots from long range came courtesy of players like Dawson Verhines (Woodlawn) who finished with 12 points; Cortez Macklin (Louisville, Ky.) who had 13 points, six rebounds and two assists; and Stephon Bryant (Louisville, Ky.) who had seven points and five rebounds. RLC got good inside penetration and rebounding from Bronson Verhines (Woodlawn) and Noel Allen (Guttenburg, N.J.). The combination of shooting and rebounding lifted The Lake to the next round.

RLC will play South Suburban (Ill.) at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Rend Lake beat the Bulldogs 76-68 when the two teams met back in November. The games are available live on local radio by tuning in to WQRL 106.3FM and on a video stream at www.ihigh.com/njcaatv.

BronsonVerhinesMugBronson Verhines (Woodlawn) led the Warriors with 18 points and 15 rebounds in the 98-75 win over Cecil College at nationals.

Bronson Verhines finished with a double-double - 18 points and 15 rebounds. Two of the biggest factors in the game were rebounding and bench points. Rend Lake out-rebounded Cecil 61-35 and had 41 points from the bench, compared to the Seahawks’ 10. Cecil players appeared to be running on empty toward the end of the fast-paced game.

Montez Buford (Louisville, Ky.) had an outstanding first half for the Warriors and was a big part of the lead going into halftime. Buford finished with 15 points.

Others contributing to RLC’s cause were point guard Trice Whaley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) with six points and two steals; Corey Ayala (Metropolis) with four points and two assists, Allen with 10 points and seven rebounds, Dennis Froemling (Campbell Hill) with two points, Alonzo Singletary (Chicago) with two points and six rebounds, and Jeril Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) with nine points, nine rebounds and five assists.

For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.  

 
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REGION 24 CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Region 24 Champs, Warriors will dance in Danville for second straight year

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WARRIORS v. CECIL COLLEGE @ 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19
Can't make the game? Here's the ultimate viewing experience! Tune your radio to 106.3 FM to hear Jim Muir call the game on WQRL and go online to www.ihigh.com/njcaatv to watch it live.

QUINCY, Ill. (March 12, 2013) – Rend Lake College men’s basketball won the NJCAA DII Region XXIV Championship 86-78 over John Wood Community College on Sunday and advances to the national championship tournament for the second straight year. The 28th Annual NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball Tournament is March 19-23 at Danville Area Community College.

Rend Lake is the #4 seed in the tournament and will face #13 Cecil College (Md.) at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 19. The Seahawks, with a regular season record of 14-14, edged the top-ranked DII team in the country, Community College of Beaver County, 96-95, to become one of two teams advancing to nationals from Region XX.

RLCMenBasketballTeamProgramMRend Lake College Men's Basketball. 2013 Great Rivers Athletic Conference Champions. 2013 NJCAA DII Region XXIV Champions. SEATED, FROM LEFT, are; Cortez Macklin, Dennis Froemling, Trice Whaley, Stephon Bryant, Jesse Smith and Corey Ayala. STANDING, FROM LEFT, are; Dawson Verhines, Noel Allen, Jeril Taylor, Bronson Verhines, Montez Williams, Antoine Buchanon, Montez Buford and Alonzo Singletary.

RLC was the top seed in the region tournament. It beat Lincoln College 76-65 on Saturday to advance to the championship with John Wood, which had eliminated Danville Area – ranked #2 in the nation – 66-58.

Down by two at the half, RLC scored 60 points in the second half with sophomore guard Dawson Verhines (Woodlawn, Ill.) going off from three-point range. He scored 15 of his team-high 26 in the second half.

The following is courtesy of John Wood CC Sports Information.

The Warriors pulled away from a two-point lead in the final four minutes to advance to the NJCAA Division II national tournament for the second straight year.

Jon White’s 3-pointer cut Rend Lake’s lead to 71-69 with 4:05 left in the game but the Warriors responded with a 9-2 run, taking an 80-71 lead on Jeril Taylor’s two free throws with 35.8 seconds left.

Of Rend Lake’s final eight field goals in the game, seven were 3-pointers. For the game, the Warriors were 12 of 19 from behind the arc.

A 6-0 run early in the second half put Rend Lake ahead 36-30. But JWCC, the No. 3 seed, answered with a 9-2 spurt, taking a 39-38 lead on Brad Hamilton’s 3-pointer from the right side with 14:44 left.

Rend Lake took the lead for good when Montez Buford scored to make the score 42-41 with 13:58 left. Stephon Bryant’s two free throws with 10:50 left capped off a 10-0 Warriors run which stretched their lead to 50-41.

Hamilton led JWCC, which played in the title game for the first since 1996, with 17 points, while White came off the bench to score 15 and T.J. Tisdell added 12.

Dawson Verhines led Rend Lake with 26 points, 15 in the second half, while Taylor scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime.

Rend Lake has won 10 straight games and 18 of their last 19.

Cecil College is listed as the best DII, three-point shooting team in the nation at 54.4 percent, according to stats on the NJCAA website at www.njcaa.orgThe Seahawks are also reportedly third in the nation in overall shooting - also 54.4 percent. According to the NJCAA, they are led in scoring by 6-4 freshman guard Donte Adams at 21.8 points per game. Adams is a product of Eagle Academy in Bronx, N.Y. In the title game against Beaver County, Adams scored 34 points. Stedman Allen, a 6-5 freshman also from Eagle Academy, was named tournament MVP. He scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. But it was 6-6 freshman Amadius Derweer (Virgin Islands) who hit the put-back with 16 seconds left to give the Seahawks the one-point win that Cecil Head Coach LeShawn Hammett called "one of the most exciting I’ve ever been a part of," according to the Cecil website at www.cecil.edu

If RLC beats Cecil on Tuesday, it will play at 8 p.m., Wednesday, against the winner of #5 South Suburban (30-3, South Holland, Ill.) and #11 Phoenix College (20-12). 

The following is a chronological breakdown of opening round games, March 19 and 20, in Danville.

Tuesday, March 19
9:00 a.m. - # 1 Mott (29-3, Flint, Mich.) v. #16 Central-Columbus (19-13, Nebraska)
11:00 a.m. - #8 Owens (24-8, Toledo, Ohio) v. #9 Iowa Lakes (26-6, Estherville)
1:00 p.m. - #6 Brown Mackie (36-5, Salina, Kan.) v. #11 Essex County (25-6, Newark, N.J.)
3:00 p.m. - #3 Louisburg (32-1, North Carolina) v. #14 MCC-Penn Valley (22-11, Kansas City, Mo.)
6:30 p.m. - #5 South Suburban (30-3, South Holland, Ill.) v. #12 Phoenix (20-12, Ariz.) 
8:30 p.m. - #4 Rend Lake College (26-3, Ina, Ill.) v. #13 Cecil (16-14, North East, Md.)

Wednesday, March 20
11:00 a.m. - #7 Moraine Valley (28-5, Palos Hills, Ill.) v. #10 Grand Rapids (21-8, Michigan)
1:00 p.m. - #2 Monroe (29-3, Rochester, N.Y.) v. #15 Howard (16-12, Columbia, Md.)

District 1 (Region 1)Phoenix College, Ariz. (20-12)
District 2 (Regions 3, 21): Monroe Community College, N.Y. (29-3)
District 3 (Region 4A): South Suburban College, Ill. (30-3)
District 4 (Region 4B): Moraine Valley Community College, Ill. (28-5)
District 5 (Region 6): Brown Mackie College, Kan. (26-5)
District 6 (Region 8, 10): Louisburg College, N.C. (32-1)
District 7 (Regions 9, 13): Central Community College-Columbus, Neb. (19-13)
District 8 (Region 11): Iowa Lakes Community College (26-6)
District 9 (Region 12W): Grand Rapids Community College, Mich. (21-8)
District 10 (Region 12E): Mott Community College, Mich. (29-3)
District 11 (Region 12S): Owens Community College, Ohio (24-8)
District 12 (Regions 15, 19): Essex County College, N.J. (25-6)
District 13 (Regions 2, 16): MCC-Penn Valley, Mo. (22-11)
District 14 (Region 20A): Cecil College, Md. (16-14)
District 15 (Region 20B): Howard Community College, Md. (16-12)
District 16 (Region 24): Rend Lake College, Ill. (26-3)

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Tournament website is www.dacc.edu/njcaa

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Warriors make All-Region Team

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INA, Ill. (March 13, 2013) – Rend Lake College student-athletes Cortez Macklin and Bronson Verhines have been selected to the NJCAA DII All-Region XXIV Team for basketball.
    Macklin, a freshman guard from Louisville, Ky., averaged a team-high 13.7 points per game and shot 67.5 percent from the free-throw line and 44.4 percent from the field. Macklin also led the team in three-pointers made per game, and averaged 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
    Verhines, a sophomore forward from Woodlawn, Ill., led the Warriors in rebounds and blocks per game with 8.1 and 1.9, respectively. Verhines averaged 9.5 points per game, and shot 52.8 percent from the field and 60.3 percent from the free-throw line. His brother, Dawson Verhines, also plays for the Warriors.

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    Joining them on the All-Region team are Region XXIV Player of the Year Chris Whitehead of Danville Area Community College, Derek Shouse of DACC, Brad Hamilton of John Wood Community College, Dominique Walls of Parkland College, Aaron Simpson of Lincoln College, Ronnie White of DACC, Sam Feehan of Illinois Central College, A’Darius Porter of John Wood, Marcus Graham of Lincoln Land Community College, and James Lane of John Wood.
    After winning the Region XXIV championship on Sunday, the Warriors are getting ready to play at the national championship tournament, March 19, in Danville, Ill. RLC plays at 8:30 p.m., against Cecil College of Maryland.
    For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.

 

REGION 24 SEMIFINAL WIN

 

Warriors advance to Region XXIV Final on Sunday

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Friday’s Quarterfinals

No. 5 Lincoln 70, No. 4 Illinois Central 65

No. 2 Danville 70, No. 7 Lincoln Land 56

No. 3 John Wood 55, No. 6 Parkland 41

Saturday’s Semifinals

No. 1 Rend Lake 76, No. 5 Lincoln 65

No. 3 John Wood 66, No. 2 Danville 58

Sunday’s Championship

No. 1 Rend Lake (25-3) vs. No. 3 John Wood (22-9), 2 p.m.

Semifinal No. 1 – Rend Lake 76, Lincoln 65

A 15-0 run to end the first half swung the momentum the Warriors’ way in their victory.

Rend Lake held the Lynx scoreless for the final 6:53 of the first half. Lincoln cut the lead to 48-43 when Jovaughn Gaines scored with 13:36 left in the game. The Warriors used a 10-0 run to eventually take a 68-49 lead – their largest of the game – when Trice Whaley made two free throws with 6:43 left in the game.

Corey Ayala, Noel Allen and Cortez Macklin led Rend Lake with 13 points a piece, while Bronson Verhines added 11. Gaines led Lincoln with 14 points, Andrew Jordan scored 11 and Aaron Simpson and Marzhon Bryant added 10 apiece.

Courtesy of John Wood Community College Athletics

 
 

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REGION 24 STARTS

Warriors play Saturday in NJCAA Region XXIV Tournament

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QUINCY, Ill. (March 4, 2013) - After finishing the regular season 24-3 and winning the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Championship, the Rend Lake College Warriors basketball team has been labelled the team to beat at the Region XXIV Tournament, March 8-10, at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill.

The Warriors are ranked #1 in the tournament and get an opening-round bye on Friday. RLC will play at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, against the winner of #4 Illinois Central College (15-14) and #5 Lincoln College (17-12). If RLC wins, it would play for the Region XXIV Championship at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10.  The winner of the region will play in the national championship tournament, March 19-23, at Danville Area Community College.

DACC (#2, 26-3) plays Lincoln Land Community College (#7, 15-14) at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by John Wood (#3, 20-8) and Parkland College (#6, 17-11). A 3 p.m. tip off between the winners of those games is scheduled for Saturday.

RLC closed out its regular season by winning 16 of its last 17 games. It finished 24-3 overall, 14-2 in the GRAC, 10-1 at home, and 14-2 on the road.

The Warriors averaged 80 points per game and shot 45 percent from the field. It shot 33.7 percent from three point range and nearly 70 percent from the free throw line. Rend Lake ranks fifth in the nation in free throws made. The team also averaged 40.5 rebounds per game and 13 assists. The defense allowed an average 55 points per game, meaning the Warriors outscored its opponent by 25 on average. More team stats ...

RLC is led in scoring by freshman guard Cortez Macklin (Louisville, Ky.) at 13.7 points per game. His regular season high was 28 in the opener. Macklin's average, while a team high, only ranks 147th in the nation. Where the Warriors win, is from the bench.

Head Coach Randy House has talked all season long about his team's depth. He has 14 players to choose from and each one could start on any given night. Four more players average just under 10 a game while another four pitch in more than five each outing. Nine players average three or more rebounds and the team logs four blocks each game. Sophomore Bronson Verhines (Woodlawn, Ill.) leads the team in both categories with eight rebounds and two blocks per game. More player stats ... 

Rend Lake College men's basketball is coached by Randy House (2010 - Present) with Assistant Coaches Tommy Holder (2011-Present), Ward McDaniel (2011-Present), and Dana Morgan (2012-Present).

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Roster

No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
 4 Dennis Froemling  So G 5-10 165 Campbell Hill, IL
 5 Trice Whaley Fr PG 5-7 150 Jeffersonville, IN
10 Corey Ayala Fr (RS) G 6-1 175 Metropolis, IL
12 Jesse Smith So PG 6-0 160 Campbell Hill, IL
20 Stephon Bryant Fr PG 6-1 175 Louisville, KY
21 Noel Allen So F 6-5 220 Guttenburg, NJ
22 Jeril Taylor Fr G 6-4 180 Louisville, KY
24 Dawson Verhines So G 6-3 205 Woodlawn, IL
30 Cortez Macklin Fr G 6-3 175 Louisville, KY
32 Montez Buford  Fr F 6-4 200 Louisville, KY
34 Alonzo Singletary  Fr G/F 6-4 185 Chicago, IL
40 Antoine Buchanon  Fr F 6-5 190 Middleton, WI
42 Bronson Verhines  So F  6-7 210 Woodlawn, IL
00 Montez Williams  Fr C 6-7 220 East. St. Louis, IL
 

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