Four EMAC Basketball Teams Earn National Tournament Berths

Four EMAC Basketball Teams Earn National Tournament Berths

Charlotte, NC - Four Eastern Metro Athletic Conference teams will take part in 2020 USCAA Basketball National Championships in Uniontown, PA from March 7th-14th. The USCAA will decide national champions in four different divisions across the two sports, and the EMAC will be represented in each of those.

EMAC Men's Basketball Tournament champion The Apprentice School earned the #7 seed for the Men's Division I tournament. The Builders enter the tournament with a 15-12 record, and will take on second seeded St. Thomas (TX) on Thursday, March 12th at 4pm in the quarterfinals. Apprentice is led by EMAC 1st Team All-Conference performer Drew Walton. Walton averages 15.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game this season while shooting 54.9% from the field. Corey Joyner, the league's leading assist maker (6.4) is also a key to the Builders' success.

Women's regular-season champion Clinton College is the #5 seed in the Women's Division I field. The Golden Bears (14-2) will face off against fourth seeded Bryant & Stratton-Buffalo on Thursday, 3/12 at 2pm. Logan Taylor-McDaniel, the second leading scorer in the USCAA at 23.3ppg, leads the Golden Bear attack, while Hanan Richmond stuffs the stat sheet with 15.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest.

The Johnson & Wales women's team will play the tournament's first game on Sunday, March 8th at 10:00am. The Wildcats (11-12) are the seventh seed and will take on 10th seeded Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Johnson & Wales is led by Co-EMAC Players of the Year Jamyah Montissol and Ineesha Hankerson. Montissol is the league's third leading scorer at 16.7ppg, while Hankerson posts 13.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.

Johnson & Wales's Men's Basketball team is the top seed for the Division II tournament. The Wildcats enter the tournament with a 22-5 record, and will face the winner of the first round game between #8 Southern Maine CC and #9 Penn State-Wilkes Barre on Monday, March 9th at 8pm. EMAC Player of the Year Robert Hobson (20.1ppg) and 1st Team All-Conference selection Majerle Poole (17.9ppg) power the Wildcats.

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