Thunder Set to Host NCCAA SW Region Basketball Tournaments

Manhattan, KS - Beginning this coming Wednesday, February 26, Manhattan Christian College will play host to the 2020 NCCAA II Southwest Region Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments. MCC will host men's and women's teams from Arlington Baptist University (TX), Barclay College (KS), Champion Christian College (AR), Dallas Christian College (TX), Kansas Christian College, Ozark Christian College (MO) and Randall University in the four day extravaganza that will see one men's and one women's team cut down the nets and earn a trip to the National Tournament on Saturday afternoon. 

As for the host school, the Lady Thunder (3-20) come into the tournament as the #8 overall seed and will take on the five-time defending National Champions, #1 Arlington Baptist University (17-5) on Thursday at 5:00 pm. MCC is coming out of the Midwest Christian College Conference tournament last weekend suffering a heartbreaking loss to the Eagles of Faith Baptist Bible College by five points. The Lady Thunder are led in scoring on the season by 6'1 junior forward Kennedy Wilson at 15.3 ppg while sophomore Darby Cook leads the team in rebounding at 8.4 rpg. Should the Thunder win their quarterfinal match they would advance to the semi-finals on Friday at 1:00 pm against the winner of the #4 Randall University/#5 Barclay College contest with the Region Championship contest being played on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1:00 pm. 

On the men's side of the bracket, MCC (16-11) enters the tournament as the #2 overall seed and will play host to conference rival, #7 Ozark Christian College (13-15) at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Thunder are coming into the region tournament after a disappointing 1-1 finish at the Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament where they dropped a heartbreaker to the #1 seed from the North Region, Faith Baptist Bible College, in the semi-finals before regrouping to knock off Barclay College in the third place game. Should the Thunder advance they would play against the winner of the #3 Arlington Baptist/#6 Dallas Christian contest in the semi-finals on Friday at 7:00 pm. A second win would put them in the championship game on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 3:00 pm. 

The NCCAA SW Region Tournament is a single elimination event. All games will be streamed live on the MCC Network: http://www.mccthunder.com/inside-athletics/mcc-network

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MCC Scoreboard

2/29/2020 | Mens Basketball No. 4 Randall University | W, 88-73 (OT)
2/28/2020 | Mens Basketball No. 3 Arlington Baptist College | W, 94-86 
2/26/2020 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 7 Ozark Christian College | W, 89-72 
2/22/2020 | Mens Basketball No. 2 Barclay College | W, 91-80 
2/21/2020 | Womens Basketball No. 6 Faith Baptist Bible College | L, 67-62