GOLDEY-BEACOM AND BLOOMFIELD ADVANCE TO MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 4, 2011) – Top seeds Bloomfield College and Goldey-Beacom College won their Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Basketball semi-final games Friday to advance to the championship game Saturday at 7:00 pm at Holy Family University's Campus Center. The Lightning will be aiming for their first-ever conference championship after falling in last season's final to Felician College.
Bloomfield, the top seed from the North Division, escaped, 82-20, against South No. 3 Chestnut Hill College, as the Griffins missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Bloomfield center Kevin Udo went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line with 12 seconds on the clock, setting up the heart-pounding finale. After Udo's free-throw, the Griffins held for one last shot, giving the ball to junior guard Brandon Williams, who launched a triple from the top of the key. However, the ball bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded and the Deacons celebrated their first appearance in the conference championship since falling in the 2008-09 title game to Philadelphia University.
Daye led the way for Bloomfield with 26 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Ryan Rodrigues went 5-for-8 from the arc and finished with 20 points. Junior forward Matt Wafula posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. BC shot 48.2-percent (27-for-56) from the field and 56.3-percent from long range (9-for-16). Freshman forward Khadim Ndiaye led the Griffins with 23 points on 10-for-20 to go with seven rebounds, while junior guard Uros Kovacevic added 18 points on 4-for-6 accuracy from three-point range, and pulled down five rebounds off the bench.
The top seed from the South Division, Goldey-Beacom edged the North No. 2 seed, Post University, 74-63 by holding the Eagles to 31.8-percent (21-of-66) shooting. Meanwhile, the Lightning converted 44.2-percent (23-of-52) from the field and hit half of its long-range attempts (8-for-16). The loss ended Post's eight-game win streak, as the Eagles fall to 17-11 this season.
GBC jumped on Post and forged a 13-2 lead just four and a half minutes into the action, and the lead grew to 18-4 at the 13:10 mark. However, Post responded and pulled to within one (22-21) with 4:24 left in the first half. But the Eagles weren't able to take a lead despite cutting their deficit to one on numerous occasions and tying it once. GBC led by as many as 16 twice.
Four Lightning scored in double-figures, led by 17 points and 11 rebounds by senior forward Terrence Parkes. Senior point guard Azeez Ellegood also had an outstanding game, finishing with 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds, while only committing one turnover in 39 minutes of action.
Geraldo Fernandez and Cecil Stinson both tallied 16 points for the Eagles,
Goldey-Beacom won a thrilling 102-96 overtime affair in its regular-season meeting with Bloomfield. The loss halted BC's region-best 31-game home win streak. Sam McDuffie led Goldey-Beacom in that contest with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Gage Daye posted a triple-double with 24 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
2010-11 CACC Men's Basketball Tournament
Quarter-finals, Tuesday, March 1
N#1 Bloomfield 77, N#4 Felician 70
N#2 Post 71, N#3 Dominican 68
S#1 Goldey-Beacom 69, S#4 USciences 64
S#3 Chestnut Hill 64, S#2 Philadelphia 54
Semi-finals (at Holy Family University), Friday, March 4
Game 1 – Goldey-Beacom 74, Post 63
Game 2 – Bloomfield 82, Chestnut Hill 80
Championship (at Holy Family University), Saturday, March 5
Goldey-Beacom vs. Bloomfield - 7:00 pm