Rebounding, balanced scoring attack lead T-Duck basketball team to win to open NJCAA D3 National Championship Tournament

Making its first trip to the NJCAA Division III National Championship tournament since 2005, Richland College’s basketball team used a strong second half and a balanced scoring attack led by Tony Bishop to convincingly win its opening game against Mass Bay Community College, 67-47.

The T-Ducks advance to the next round and inch one step closer to a national title when they play Hudson Valley Community College at 8 p.m. (Eastern time) on Friday, March 13. Hudson Valley Community College entered the tournament ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA Division III.

After holding a 37-34 halftime lead, Richland College, using six different scorers, scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a momentum-changing 47-34 lead with just under 12 minutes left in the game.

Richland College’s defense then took over the game as the T-Ducks didn’t allow its lead to dip under 10 points for the rest of the game.

Like they have done all season, the T-Ducks were aggressive on the boards, out-rebounding its opponent by a 54-35 margin.

Meanwhile, Bishop scored 10 points, along with grabbing seven rebounds, to lead seven Richland College players who scored at least five points. Chibuzo Elonu also had a solid game, scoring nine points and tying for the team lead with eight rebounds, along with Antwan Mullins, who scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists.

As a team, the T-Ducks, who have won six games in a row and 12 of their last 13, also shot 45.8 percent from the field.