IRVING, Texas. 08 March, 2006 — The North
Lake College men’s basketball team defeated
Gloucester County College (NJ) on March 18 to win
the National Junior College Athletic Association
(NJCCA) Division III championship. The national tournament
was held in Delhi, New York, from March 16 to 18.
There were eight teams from seven states represented
in the tournament.
This is the second trip to the NJCCA tournament
for the Blazers and the first win. In 2000, the Blazers
won two out of three games and finished 4th in the
tournament. Coach Tim McGraw was named All Tournament
Coach and player Chris Aqwumaro was named Most Valuable
A dunk by Chris Aqwumaro started the championship
game off as the North Lake Blazers dominated Gloucester
County College with a final score of 78-65. With
high intensity, the Blazers took a lead late in the
first half and never looked back. High scorer was
Chris Aqwumaro with 18 points.
Chris Agwumaro, a 6-foot-5-inch forward from Mesquite, and
Lorenzo Anthony, a 6-foot-2-inch guard from San Antonio, were two of the
team's six returning players from last season. The Blazers won the
Metro Athletic Conference Championship in Dallas last year.
"It was exciting to see the players win this national
recognition" says Dan Joutras, North Lake's Athletic Director. Joutras
gives credit to his basketball coach, Tim McGraw. "It was his
strategies, and his team. He deserves the credit."
Coach McGraw said, "we won because our bench play was so much
better than any of the other teams. We were truly a team to the fullest
extent of the word. I am so happy for these guys because they overcame
so much adversity to become national champions."
North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County
Community College District. Educational opportunities
are offered by the Dallas County Community College
District without regard to race, color, age, national
origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation.