The Lady Tigers became the 2017 Regional Champions after defeating the Gateway Lions on Sunday, March 5th, by a final score of 76-65. Players Ana Marcelin and Gianni "Gigi" Hill were both named to the Regional All-Tournament Team, and Gigi was named Tournament MVP.
After securing the regional championship, the Lady Tigers advanced the National Championship Tournament. On Thursday, March 16th, the Lady Tigers defeated Hostos Community College by a score of 76-50, in their first round match-up. The Lady Tigers then moved on to the semifinals, where they defeated Anoka-Ramsey Community College by a score of 83-71.
The Lady Tigers were defeated by Rock Valley College in the championship game, in overtime, by a score of 57-49. Players Ana Marcelin and Gianni Hill were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Before the National Tournament, players Brooklin Davis, Charee Osborne, Taylor Grant, Breonna Pinckett, and Kayla Kelley were named 2016-2017 Regional Women's Basketball All-Stars! The All-Star Game will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 6:00 pm, at CCRI (Community College of Rhode Island).
Congratulations to the Lady Tigers on another successful season. And thanks to Head Coach Mark Leszczyk and Assistant Coach Kisandra Ayanbeku for their hard work and dedication to the team.
The RCC men's basketball team completed their season in February 2017. Head Coach Jelani Townsell and Assistant Coach Ernest Hughes led the team in a rebuilding season: the Tigers finished with a 2-21 won/loss record.
Freshmen guard Laurence Chery ranked #7 in the conference in scoring, averaging 18.2 points per game and was ranked #6 in the conference in assists, averaging 4.9 assists per game. Jared Mosley averaged 6.4 points per game and 8 rebounds per game. Jabril Hassan showed improvement throughout the year, and we expect to see him contribute more next season. Pedro Ramos is one of the rare two-sport student-athletes—he also plays soccer for RCC.
Freshmen Guard Imer Ortiz led the conference in scoring with 22.6 points per game. He was also named a 2016-2017 NJCAA Region 21 All-Star. The men's All-Star Game will also be held on March 29th at CCRI, immediately after the women's game.
These five players deserve significant credit for their dedication to academics as well as basketball. The coaching staff is optimistic about the future, and everyone should expect the Men's team to make a lot of noise next year.
Congratulations to the Tigers on playing hard during their season. We can't wait to see what you have in store next year!