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NIACC men begin regional tournament at Ellsworth

niacc_trojans_logoIOWA FALLS – The NIACC men’s basketball team begin NJCAA Region XI tournament at Ellsworth at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

NIACC (17-14 overall, 5-7 in the ICCAC) enters the tournament as the fifth seed. Ellsworth (15-16, 5-7) is the tournament’s fourth seed.

The winner of Tuesday’s game plays at top-seed DMACC at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. DMACC was the league’s regular season champion and earned a first-round bye in the seven-team league.

NIACC and Ellsworth split their two regular season contests. Ellsworth won 77-56 in Mason City on Jan. 24 and NIACC won 76-74 at Iowa Falls on Feb. 21.

This is the first time since the 2008-09 season that NIACC and Ellsworth have met in the NJCAA Regional tourrnament. Ellsworth won the 2008-09 matchup 87-77 in Mark Mohl’s first year as coach of the Trojans.

NJCAA Region XI tournament pairings

Tuesday, March 3

(All games start at 7:30 p.m.)

(1) DMACC (24-5, 10-2) received a first-round bye.

(5) NIACC (17-14, 5-7) at (4) Ellsworth (15-16, 5-7)

(6) Iowa Central (16-14, 4-8) at (3) Southwestern (22-9, 6-6)

(7) Iowa Lakes (16-14, 3-9) at (2) Kirkwood (23-6, 9-3)

Thursday, March 5

(All games start at 7:30 p.m.)

NIACC/Ellsworth winner at DMACC

Iowa Central/Southwestern winner vs. Iowa Lakes/Kirkwood winner

Note – Thursday’s games will be played at the highest remaining seed.

Saturday, March 7

Championship game (3 p.m.) at highest remaining seed.

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