Lincoln University captures ECAC basketball championship

The Lincoln University men’s basketball team celebrates winning the ECAC basketball championship. — PHOTO/LINCOLN ATHLETICS

Lincoln University won the ECAC basketball championship on Sunday, defeating Caldwell College, 65-49, and grabbing its 20th victory of the season. Senior guard George Jackson was chosen as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Jackson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lions had three other players in double figures. Derek Washington had a game-high 15 points while Tony Efese tallied 13 points, four steals, three assists and two blocks off the bench. Justin Jackson Jackson had 12 points. The win brought Lincoln its first collegiate championship as a Division II school. The Lions completed the season with an overall 20-9 record.

 

Dark Knights chess team performs well at tournament

The Dark Knights junior chess team put on quite a show at the Pennsylvania Scholastic chess championship on March 7-9. The team grabbed five state championships. In the 7 to 12 under 1300, Mark Frazier (Walter D. Palmer) was the Under 1300 champion and Madison Ford McKnight (People for People) took second place in the under 1000. Noble Zahairagunn took first place in the unrated K to 9 under 1000. The Dark Knights had the top club in the K to 8 open and finished second in the K to 6 competition.

The Dark Knights received some great coaching from the following people from Douglas Cox (Dark Knights Scholastic Center CEO), David “Chris” Miller (head coach Dark Knights Scholastic Chess Center), Dwanye Darby (assistant coach of the Dark Knights), Destin Whitfield (assistant coach of the Dark Knights) and the entire staff. The Dark Knights have one of the best chess programs in the state.

Phoenix Club of Phila. announces finalists

Odyssey Sims (Baylor University), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut) and Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) have been named the finalists for this year’s Dawn Staley Award.

“The Dawn Staley Award is given to the most outstanding collegiate guard in the country; a player who exemplifies the skills that Dawn possessed during her career (ballhandling, scoring, her ability to distribute the basketball and her will to win),” said Michael G. Horsey, founder of the Phoenix Club of Philadelphia.

All three finalists have already been named player of the year in their respective conferences. The award recipient will be announced during the Final Four weekend and the award ceremony will be held on April 17 at the Union League of Philadelphia.

 

La Salle men’s basketball to play in Barclays Center Classic

The third annual Barclays Center Classic college basketball event will take place on Nov. 28 and 29 and feature NCAA tournament teams Virginia (ACC champion), Rutgers and Vanderbilt. Tickets will go on sale on March 21 at 10 a.m. and are available by calling (800)-745-3000.

With Rutgers joining the Big Ten next season, the field of the Barclays Center Classic will represent several of the nation’s top conferences, including the ACC (Virginia), the Southeastern Conference (Vanderbilt) and the Atlantic 10 (La Salle). The Barclays Center is located in Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Contact Staff Writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or dhunt@phillytrib.com.

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