Owens Community College will host first round men's and women's basketball games of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) state tournament basketball championships Saturday, February 23.
The men's game begins at 2 p.m. followed by the women's game at 5 p.m. at the Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. The top-seeded men will play eighth-seeded Cuyahoga Community College (4-19) while the women, which are the third seed, will play the sixth seed Clark State Community College (16-11).
Both games will be broadcast live on WCWA-AM 1230. The winners will advance to next weekend's (Friday-Saturday, March 1-2) OCCAC state tournament basketball championship semifinals played in Dayton.
The Express, led by Head Coach Jim Welling, are ranked third in the final regular season NJCAA Division II poll. They are 26-2 overall and captured their second consecutive regular season conference championship with a 12-2 record. Coach Welling's squad in recent weeks have recorded victories over Edison State Community College 93-83, Clark State Community College 79-69 and Lakeland Community College 82-66.
In addition, this marks the eighth OCCAC Championship for the Men's Basketball program in the last 12 years.
The Lady Express finished the regular season 19-9 overall and 9-5 in the OCCAC, third in the conference standings. Head Coach Mark Henry's team has defeated Clark State Community College 66-56 and Lakeland Community College 81-77 in two of its last three games.
During the first game of the basketball doubleheader, the Girl Scouts of Maumee Valley will hold their Second Annual Foul Shooting Contest beginning at 2 p.m. in the SHAC Student Gymnasium. Last year's competition drew more than 150 participants for the inaugural event.
At halftime of the women's basketball game, the girl scouts will conduct the finals of the foul shooting contest with the presentation of awards to follow the competition.
Beginning at 4 p.m., motivational speaker, Jim "Basketball" Jones of Oregon, will entertain the crowd with his basketball handling wizardry followed by an inspirational message on "The Winner's Attitude". Recognized as one of the top basketball handlers in the country, Jones performs his high energy, interactive show to more than 275 schools each year, as well as showcasing his talent at halftime of NBA basketball games.
Tickets for the event are $4 for adults, $2 for youth and senior citizens and ages 5 or under are free. Owens students with a College ID are admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Owens Athletic Office at (567) 661-7973 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7973.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to offering small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.
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