Loses to #5 seed SCC in nationals 1st round; beats #4 seed Louisburg in consolation
Dakota County Technical College basketball, seeded #12 in the 2017–18 NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship, lost to defending champions, #5 seed Southwestern Community College, 92–77 in the tournament’s first round, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Mary Miller Center in Danville, Illinois.
The Blue Knights went on to defeat #4 seed Louisburg College 95–90 in Consolation Game 13 the following day. In Consolation Game 17, DCTC fell to #9 seed Grand Rapids Community College 99–78. Louisburg and Grand Rapids finished the season 28–6 and 26–10, respectively. DCTC completed the season with a 23–10 record that included a 16–1 run.
SCC (29–8) eventually tumbled to #1 seed Triton College 85–67 in the semifinals. Triton (33–4) won the tourney by beating #2 seed Pima Community College (31–5) 89–85 in the finals.
Photos courtesy of NJCAA National Championship DII Mens Basketball on Flickr
Kelly Boe, DCTC head basketball coach, has guided the Blue Knights to two consecutive NJCAA DII Region 13 and District VII championships along with two national tournament appearances.
“I would like to thank the players for their commitment to each other,” Coach Boe said. “They brought national attention to the program and it was a fun ride. I also would like to thank Coach Peter Olafeso for his input and expertise—our success would not be possible without him and his dedication to the players.”
DCTC advanced to the 2017–18 NJCAA DII Nationals by besting Gogebic Community College 104–85 at home in a Region 13 playoff game. Two more home wins followed: Dakota College at Bottineau 104–99 in OT to take the Region 13 Championship and Central Community College-Columbus 108–86 to take the District VII Championship.
Click images below to view game photos on DCTC Flickr:
Blue Knights vs CCC Raiders album
Blue Knights vs Dakota College Jacks album
Blue Knights vs Gogebic Samsons album
Blue Knights vs Iowa Central Tritons album
Blue Knights vs MN West Bluejays album
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