North Lake upsets its way to DIII championship


ROCHESTER, Minn. – North Lake (Texas) defeated Elgin (Ill.) 66-56 in Saturday night’s NJCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Game at the UCR Regional Sports Center.

  • Leading the Blazers with a double-double, sophomore forward Dare Brazeal posted 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
  • Freshman Ayo Dada led North Lake in scoring with 16 points, including a 4-for-8 showing from beyond the arc. The guard was recognized with tournament MVP honors.
  • Coming off the bench for the Blazers, freshman forward Josh Harris compiled 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and a team-high three steals.
  • Elgin’s top-performer was freshman center Homer Denson who posted a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds – both game-highs.
  • The Blazers won their third national title, having previously lifted the championship trophy in 2005-06 and 2007-08.
  • Entering the national tournament as the No. 5 seed, North Lake upset No. 4-seed Davidson County (N.C.) 83-77 and top-seeded Anoka-Ramsey (Minn.) 56-54 to reach the final.
  • Despite finishing with a 22-11 record overall, North Lake finished the year 12-3 against DIII opponents.

Photos by Greg Mittelsteadt

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