Region III - Division II/ NJCAA District II Basketball Tournament
A national championships berth will be earned this weekend at the Region III/District II Championship Tournament. Niagara County Community College earned the right to host the tournament finishing the WNYAC Conference regular season at 8-2. Opening round games are set to begin Friday, with semifinals set for Saturday, and the championship Sunday.
The tournament opening game features the #5 seed Erie Community College against Region XXI foe Community College of Rhode Island. The Kats enter the tournament at 15-12 including at 4-6 WNYAC record. CCRI enters the tournament on a ten game winning streak, finishing their regular season at 19-8. The second game on Friday evening feature #3 Monroe Community College and #4 Jamestown Community College. The Tribunes finished third in the conference with a 6-4 record; the Jayhawks finsihed at 5-5. Monroe took both regular season matchups from Jamestown this year.
Niagara awaits the winner of the matchup between Erie and Rhode Island. The Trailblazers finished the 2016-17 campaign at 22-5 including a win of CCRI and a pair of wins over Erie. Genesee Community College earned the tournaments seond seed with a conference record of 7-3. The Cougars will face the MCC/JCC winner in the second tournament semifinal on Saturday. Genesee split the season series with Jamestown and won both reuglar season matchups with Monroe.