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Ancilla Basketball Finishes Season as NJCAA District 9 Runner-Up

PORT HURTON, MI – The Charger Men’s Basketball Team finished their season as the NJCAA District 9 Runner-Up after a tough loss to Grand Rapids Community College, 81-70, in the final round of the NJCAA District 9 Tournament in Port Huron, MI on Saturday.

Leading for Ancilla was sophomore Gary Bonds with 20 points, while Dylan Phair had 16, Andrew Jones had 14 and Franklyn Felix had 10.

Receiving All-Tournament Team Honors was Dylan Phair and Gary Bonds. Anderson McCoy, Jair Rodgers, and Dylan Phair were named to All-Western Conference 2nd Team and Gary Bonds was named to the All-Western Conference 3rd Team. Earning Honorable Mention All-Western Conference was Andrew Jones and Don’Tayon Young and Jair Rodgers was named to the Western Conference All-Freshman Team. Anderson McCoy was also named to the Western Conference All Defense Team. Freshman Jair Rodgers also broke the Ancilla Men’s Basketball Career Record for the three point shots made. The record before was 103 and he is currently at 109.

“Ending a season is always difficult,” said Head Coach Aaron Butcher. “The guys we have on this team make it even more difficult. What these sophomore have done for Ancilla Basketball is something that can’t be measured. This team has been an absolute joy to coach. The five guys that leave are prepared and will be successful wherever they go and for whatever route they choose to go in life. We are excited for what we have returning and the guys we have signed for next year. The future of Ancilla Basketball is very bright.”

The runner-up finish wraps up the season for Ancilla with a 26-6 record with the sophomore ending their careers 46-16.

Ancilla women make it to Semi-Final Round of NJCAA District G Tournament

Creating some more school history, the Ancilla women’s basketball team finished strong and won its first game in post season play.

The Ancilla College Women’s Basketball Team’s season came to an end in the semi-final round of the NJCAA District G Tournament after a tough loss to Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 73-53.

To begin the tournament week, Ancilla headed to Harrison, MI to play Mid-Michigan Community College in the quarter-final round where they defeated the Lakers 77-43.

Leading for Ancilla was Quaynika Merriweather with 17 points and nine rebounds. Daitriona Bonds and Karson Williams each added 11 points for the Chargers and Khalilah Abdullah put up 10.

“We probably played one of the best games of the year against Mid-Michigan,” said head coach Tom Robbins. “Our players were very motivated to get to the semi-finals of the region tournament. Our pressure defense really overwhelmed their ball-handlers and the pace at which we played took a toll on the team leading to the 24-6 4th quarter run we had.”

In the Semi-Final round, Ancilla was defeated by Kalamazoo Valley 73-53 with Quaynika Merriweather leading for Ancilla with 17 points while Donshelle Daniels had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“Kalamazoo Valley seemed like a team on a mission against us,” commented Robbins. “They jumped on us early and held us off late into the game. I was proud of the way our players came out in the third quarter. We were down 22 points at half time and were able to get it within 10 by the start of the fourth. However, we weren’t able to cut into the score any further in the fourth. They showed why they are the 5th rated team in the nation.”

The team ended the season with a 17-14 record. Donshelle Daniels was named to the All-Western Conference 2nd Team. Quaynika Merriweather received All-Western Conference 3rd Team and Donshae Daniels was named to the Western-Conference All-Freshman Team.