For First Time, All Berkeley College Basketball Teams Receive USCAA Tournament Bids


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
, 2014

Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122

igl@BerkeleyCollege.edu

FOR FIRST TIME, ALL BERKELEY COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAMS
RECEIVE USCAA TOURNAMENT BIDS

The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) announced its selections for the 2014 National Basketball Tournaments on Wednesday, and for the first time in Berkeley College history, all three basketball teams will have the opportunity to compete for National championships. The tournament will be hosted by Penn State Fayette, and all games will take place in Uniontown, PA.

The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team, New Jersey, which currently boasts an overall record of 16-10 on the 2013-2014 campaign, drew the No. 7 seed in the tournament. The Knights will square off against the No. 10-seeded Roaring Lions of Penn State Fayette on March 5 at 8:00 p.m. The Roaring Lions have a current mark of 13-14 on the year. Knights Head Coach Anthony Calabrese was very pleased to see his team get an opportunity to compete for the USCAA National crown.

“It is very gratifying for us as a team to have a chance to compete for a National championship,” said Coach Calabrese. “We have a very motivated and confident group of young men who have worked tremendously hard this season to get this opportunity, and it’s terrific to see their hard work pay off. I feel that our team is physically and mentally ready for the challenge that this tournament presents.”

The winner of the Berkeley College, New Jersey vs. Penn State Fayette contest will advance to play No. 2-seeded Penn State York on March 6 at 2:00 p.m.

The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team, New York, with an overall record of 14-9, drew the No. 9 seed in the tournament. The Knights – who were the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions the previous three seasons before falling in the semifinal round of that tournament this season – will match up against No. 8-seeded Penn State Beaver on March 5 at 6:00 p.m.

“Any time you see the diligent efforts of your student-athletes get rewarded in this fashion, you can’t help but feel excited for them,” said Chris Christiansen, Berkeley College Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, New York. “All last week and early this week, our players were extremely anxious to see if they would have this opportunity, and now that we are in, we’re planning on giving it our best shot.”

The team that emerges victorious in the Berkeley College, New York vs. Penn State Beaver contest will take on No. 1-seeded Central Maine Community College on March 6 at 5:30 p.m.

The Berkeley College Women’s Basketball team, New York – who were the 2012-2013 National Basketball Tournament runners-up – have drawn the No. 4 seed in this year’s tournament with an overall record of 13-6. The Lady Knights will face off against No. 5-seeded Penn State Beaver on March 6 at 9:30 p.m. Penn State Beaver is 18-10 thus far on the season. Knights Head Coach Sharod Tomlinson believes his team will be motivated by last year’s loss in the USCAA title game.

“Our team comes into this year’s tournament with tremendous experience following last year’s trip to the National championship game,” Coach Tomlinson said. “I feel that playing a team the caliber of Penn State Beaver will be a litmus test for us, as we pride ourselves on being a strong squad defensively, and they pride themselves on scoring points in bunches. It should be an interesting game.”

The winner of the Berkeley College, New York vs. Penn State Beaver game will face the winner of the matchup between No. 1-seeded Central Maine Community College and No. 8-seeded Warren Wilson College on March 7 at 9:00 p.m.

To follow the Knights and Lady Knights in their quest for a National championship, visit the USCAA Website. Statistics and live video streaming will be available for select games. Recaps of all Berkeley College contests will be available by the Berkeley College Athletics Website.

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