VU Trailblazers top Kaskaskia, 62-52 at NJCAA Region 24 Tournament
March 7, 2013
Win sets up semifinal meeting with Wabash Valley
INA, Ill. – The NJCAA No. 7 Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Team avenged one of its two losses and earned an opportunity to possibly avenge the other Wednesday when the Trailblazers topped Kaskaskia 62-52 in the first game of the NJCAA Region 24 Tournament at Rend Lake College in Ina, IL.
Top-seeded VU's win over eighth-seeded Kaskaskia moves the Trailblazers on to the semifinal round to take on the fourth-seeded Wabash Valley College Warriors at 7 p.m. (Vincennes time) Thursday. Wabash Valley earned a spot in the semifinals by defeating No. 5 seed Lake Land, 89-76, in Wednesday’s second game.
By the end of the day Wednesday, VU had paid back Kaskaskia for the Feb. 2 62-54 win by the Blue Devils in Centralia, IL, and set up a chance to avenge Wabash Valley’s Feb. 16 victory in Mount Carmel, IL, by a score of 83-76.
The Trailblazers (29-2) dispatched the Blue Devils Wednesday behind 18 points from sophomore Monte Burney and 16 from sophomore Deshawn Delaney. Freshman Devin Foster had nine points and sophomore Darius Carter finished with seven points.
Sophomore R.J. Kwiatkowski scored 18 for Kaskaskia (13-18).
In fact, Kwiatkowski had 13 of his points in the first half when he hit all three of his treys. As a result, VU trailed at the half, 30-22. But the Trailblazers made the right adjustments in the locker room and the Blue Devils cooled off considerably when the teams returned to the floor.
An 8-0 flurry by VU to open the second half tied it at 30-all, thanks primarily to treys by Foster and Burney and a bucket in transition by sophomore Damarius Smith. By the 15:47 mark, Kasakaskia had to call timeout as the Blue Devils still hadn't scored in the second half. Kaskaskia finally got its first points of the half at the 13:53 mark. By that point, VU was up 38-32 and on its way to the Trailblazers’ largest lead of the day, 13 points. Overall, VU went on a 24-4 tear to grab a 46-34 advantage near the 9:00 mark.
Thursday’s VU-Wabash Valley semifinal game will be at 7 p.m. (Vincennes time). The victor in that contest will advance to Friday’s tournament championship game at 8 p.m. (Vincennes time).
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