Men Suffer Heartbreaking Loss in District Championship

Men Suffer Heartbreaking Loss in District Championship

ROCKFORD, Illinois – After a promising season, the Columbus State men's Basketball team went into the District II Championship ready to battle with No. 9 Rock Valley for the opportunity to advance toward the NJCAA National Tournament. Instead, they suffered a heartbreaking setback, falling to the Golden Eagles by three points to finish the season as District II Runner-Up.

Inside the Game

- District II Championship-The winner of the game is to advance to the national tournament.

- Final Score: Rock Valley 73, Columbus State 70.

- Record: Columbus State (17-10), Rock Valley (23-6).

Key Points

-The Cougars and the Golden Eagles were tied nine times and exchanged the lead eight times over the course of the game.

-Offensively, Columbus State outperformed Rock Valley. However, turnovers plagued the Cougars committing 21 compared to the Eagles' 10.

Key Stats

-Corey Baker led the team with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 at the line. He also led his team in assists (5) and steals (3).

-Keshawn Underwood scored 17 points, including draining five three-pointers.

-Shawn Hawkins and Melieck Evans added nine points for the Cougars. Evans also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, all on Rock Valley's side.

Up Next

This game concluded the Cougars 2018-19 season. The finish 4th in the conference behind D2 Cuyahoga, Edison State, and Lakeland as well as the Region XII DIII Champions.