WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel will travel to Lancaster, Pa., in search of its first Centennial Conference (CC) men’s basketball championship this weekend.
The second-seeded Green Terror (18-7, 13-5 CC) faces third-seeded Gettysburg (16-8, 11-7 CC) in Saturday’s first semifinal at 1 p.m. The two teams split the two regular-season meetings with each team winning on its home court.
The day’s second semifinal pits top-seeded Franklin & Marshall (21-4, 14-4 CC) against the winner of the first-round game between fourth-seeded Muhlenberg (15-10, 11-7 CC) and fifth-seeded Haverford (12-12, 9-9 CC). That game begins at 3 p.m. or 30 minutes upon the conclusion of the day’s first semifinal.
The championship game will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Admission for all games is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Youths 12 and under as well as students from participating institutions, who present their ID, are free.
The tournament’s champion will earn the CC’s automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on Thursday, Mar. 5. The NCAA field will be announced on Monday morning.
McDaniel is seeking its first CC championship and berth in the NCAA tournament. Gettysburg and Muhlenberg are in search of their third conference crown while Haverford goes for its first CC title. Franklin & Marshall seeks its fifth conference title.
Josh McKay (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) leads the team in scoring (10.6 points per game) and ranks second in rebounding (6.4 rebounds per game). Chad Arrington (Randallstown, Md./Randallstown) leads the team in rebounding (7.4 rpg), assists (48) and steals (47).