MARCH MADNESS GRIPS WGTC - Golden Knights Looking for New Heights

Winners of the GCAA regular season and tournament championships, West Georgia Technical College’s Men’s Basketball team now turns its focus to a loftier goal – a berth in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament.


The task will not be easy. Up first for the Golden Knights (14-13) is Montgomery College (MD), winners of the District 20 Championship. Under Coach Keith Byrd, the Raptors (20-9) are led by sophomore Patrick Smith’s 17.1 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.


The game looks to be up-tempo. Montgomery averages just a shade under 80 while GCAA Coach of the Year Niki Okolovitch’s club averages about 94 ppg. The Golden Knights are led by freshman Joe Boyer and sophomore Joe Williams, who are averaging 19.5 and 18.7 points, respectively.


Should WGTC advance, they will see the winner between GCAA foe Southern Crescent and top-ranked Davidson County Community College, who square off Friday at 8 p.m. The Golden Knights tip Friday at 6 p.m., and the championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. The District G Championship is being hosted by Emory-Oxford College in Oxford, Ga.


Ladies Vying to Return to National Finals


One game. That is all that stands between the West Georgia Technical College Women’s Basketball team and a trip to Utica, N.Y., and NJCAA Division 3 National Championship Tournament.


However, that one game is against No. 4 Montgomery College (Md). The Raptors (22-5) claimed the District 20 Championship to advance to Saturday’s NJCAA District G Championship hosted by Emory-Oxford College in Oxford, Ga. Under Coach Tarloug Gasque, Montgomery averages a blistering 87.5 points per game and are led by freshman Caleema Johnson’s 20.7 ppg.


The Golden Knights (7-16) and winners of the Region 17 Championship counter with sophomore Anna Watkins, the GCAA Division 3 Player of the Year, and her 18.4 ppg. Coach Alford Williams, in his first year at the helm, is trying to guide WGTC back to the National Finals, where the Golden Knights finished fourth last year. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.


Visit www.WGTCAthletics.com for more information on West Georgia Tech Golden Knights athletics.


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