Surry hosting Division III District Basketball Tournament

By Wendy Byerly Wood

February 26, 2014

DOBSON — Surry Community College will serve as host for this weekend’s Division III District VII Basketball Tournament featuring four junior college teams vying for a berth in the National Championship Tournament in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., which begins on March 13.

The tournament gets underway on Friday at 4 p.m. with top seed and Region XVII Champion, West Georgia Technical College from Waco, Ga., facing the fourth seeded and Region XX champion, Prince George’s Community College from Largo, Md.

The nightcap will begin at 7 p.m. and feature the third seed and Region XVII regular season champion, Oxford College of Emory University from Oxford, Ga., against the second seed and Region X Champion, Caldwell Technical Community College from Hudson, N.C.

“We are excited to be hosting this great event,” said Surry Athletic Director Mark Tucker. “Tournaments like this help our local economy and certainly add to the estimated $1.1 million economic impact of our college athletic programs.”

West Georgia Technical College defeated Oxford College of Emory University this past weekend to capture the Region XVII Championship, 64-56. The Golden Knights are coached by Niki Okolovitch and enter the tournament with a 13-15 record. Sophomore guard, Orlandis Hill leads the team in scoring with a 15-points per game average while sophomore guard, Codi Linton leads the Golden Knights in rebounds per game with an average of 9.7.

Prince George’s Community College advanced to the District Tournament by knocking off Anne Arundel Community College in the Region XX Championship game, 75-63. The Owls are led by sophomore guard, Gabriel McCray with a 17.6 point per game average while teammate Lerenzo Foote, a freshman forward, leads the team averaging 10.7 rebounds per game. Prince George’s Community College enters the District tournament with a 20-9 record and is coached by Xavier Joyner.

Oxford College of Emory University finished as Region XVII Tournament runners-up after capturing the regular season title. The Eagles, coached by Roderick Stubbs, enter the tournament with an overall 17-13 record and are led by sophomore guard Patrick Burns with a 18.4 point per game average. Sophomore guard Jalen Gilmore leads Oxford with 6.1 rebounds a game while freshman guard Seth Dossett contributes 13.9 points per game.

The Region X Champion, Caldwell Community College advanced to the District tournament by defeating Sandhills Community College, 90-85. The Cobras are coached by Matt Anderson and led by sophomore forward, T.J. Wilson with an 18.9 point per game average while freshman guard L.J. Jackson averages 18.3 points per game. Freshman forward, Ranako Little leads the Cobras averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. Caldwell enters the tournament with an overall record of 25-6.

The tournament will be held in the SCC Gymnasium in Dobson with the winners from Friday’s games advancing to the District championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tournament admission is $5 per day with children younger than 6 receiving free admission.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to see some outstanding college basketball players and teams,” added Tucker. “We are looking forward to hosting an exciting tournament.”