T-Duck basketball team inches closer to advancing to national championship tournament after conference tournament victory

The Richland College basketball team moved to within one game of advancing to the NJCAA Division III National Basketball Championship tournament Thursday night after the T-Ducks overcame a halftime deficit to beat Cedar Valley College in the Metro Athletic Conference tournament.

Richland, which is looking to make its fifth national tournament appearance, will square off with Eastfield College at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 in the conference tournament championship game.

If the T-Ducks lose this game, they will play Eastfield again on Monday. Because Richland finished as the No. 1 team in conference play this season, it has to be beaten twice to be eliminated in the conference tournament.