WINONA LAKE, IN - As the Trailblazers travel to Grace College to prepare for the 2017 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Tournament, Head Coach Tony Stockman is prepping his squad for a deep run into the postseason. After missing out on the NAIA tournament last month, OCU remained focused, knowing that a bid to the NCCAA tournament was on the horizon following a 94-80 win over the Grace Lancers back on March 1st. The Trailblazers will open the tournament with a matchup against Dallas Baptist on March 15th at 8:30 AM. Dallas Baptist is coming off of a 19-9 regular season within the Heartland Conference.
In order to follow the tournament live, you can watch each game online here. There will be both per game pricing and a tournament pass available for purchase. Live stats and final box scores will be available here. Follow @NCCAAChamps on Twitter for live tweeting of scores and results, and @TheNCCAA on Instagram for pictures. All other general tournament information can be found here.
As the tournament approaches, the NCCAA took the time this past week to announce the award winners for each region. Out of the Mid-West Region, Tony Stockman was named Coach of the Year in a season highlighted with Stockman receiving his 100th career win at OCU. Trailblazer standout Marquis Jackson (SR/Cleveland, OH) was also named as the Mid-West Region Player of the Year. Jackson averaged 23.8 PPG this season while shooting an astounding 43% from 3-PT. Finally, Senior Gary Hoover (SR/Columbus, OH) was selected as 1st Team All-Region, averaging 13.6 PPG and 10.8 RPG.
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