RCTC men fall in national semifinals
No. 10 RCTC will play for third place in Division III NJCAA National Tournament after suffering a 76-62 loss to No. 3 Brookdale.
HERKIMER, N.Y. — Rochester Community and Technical College's bid for a national title in men's basketball fell short as the Yellowjackets were beaten in the Division III NJCAA National Tournament semifinals on Friday.
The 10th-seeded Yellowjackets had knocked off the No. 7 and 2 seeds in the first two rounds of play in the 12-team event. But No. 3 Brookdale topped RCTC 76-62 in the semifinal round.
"Very proud of our guys and the efforts they gave," RCTC coach Brian LaPlante said.
Quincy Burland came off the bench to led RCTC with 17 points while Kameron Givens scored 16 and Peyton Dunham added 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Guard Nick Williams led Brookdale (28-3) with 17 points and he also grabbed 11 rebounds. Niles Halliburton and Josiah Basket added 14 points each while Darnell Askew contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds.
"We fall to a very good Brookdale team," LaPlante said.
Brookdale led 35-32 at the half and then outscored RCTC 41-30 in the second half.
RCTC (22-8) will face Northampton in the third-place game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.