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Magic Basketball Squads Head to NJCAA Championship Tournaments

March 08, 2011

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams from St. Louis Community College-Meramec are heading to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II Basketball Tournaments after capturing their Region XVI championships last weekend. The two squads are a combined 51-10 and in the regular season went an unprecedented 31-0 at home.

 

The men will face Phoenix College (24-8) at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the first round of the championship tournament in Danville, Ill. The tourney concludes with the title game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19.

 

The Magic men (26-6) defeated Penn Valley 65-52 in the Region XVI title match in Trenton, Mo., to earn their first trip to the tournament since 2005. The Magic, ranked seventh nationally, led the entire game, but Penn Valley climbed to within one point midway through the second half before Meramec pulled away. Sophomore Regis Schafer (Brazil) led the scoring with 22 points, while freshman center Ryun Davis (McCluer North) added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Randy Albrecht was named Region XVI Coach of the Year.

 

The Magic women's team (25-4) held off a late charge by North Central College and won the Region XVI championship with a 73-65 victory March 5 in Kansas City, to earn a spot in the NJCAA Tournament March 15-19 in Peoria, Ill. The Magic, seeded 13th in the 16-team field, will face fourth-seeded Johnson County Community College (29-4) at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

 

In the Region XVI title game, sophomore guard Sherie Cole (Hazelwood Central) led the scoring with 18 points, including 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Forward Raven Cockrell (Francis Howell Central) scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while TeeTee Johnson (Hazelwood Central) added 15 points.

 

Meramec's Shelly Ethridge was named Region XVI Coach of the Year. The Magic have set a program mark for most wins in a season and were undefeated at home (15-0).