Voorhees Lady and Men’s Tigers end the basketball season as champions
March 02, 2017
The Voorhees College Women and men’s Basketball teams were named Division One Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) champions during the 2017 National Association of Independent Institutions (N.A.I.I.) basketball conference tournament held Feb. 24-26 in Nashville, Tenn.
Voorhees played the Fisk University Bulldogs for the championship game. The Lady Tigers won 84-63. Brianna Missouri was named Most Valuable Player for the Lady Tigers scoring 23 points and eight rebounds. Lady Tigers, Keosha Hardaway scored 18 points and 10 rebounds, Danielle McFadden scored 17 points and Nijah Davis scored 16 points.
Edward Glover, head women’s basketball coach, said his team worked hard this season and it paid off. “It has been long season with many trials from a senior-dominated squad, but I knew if we could just get focused for three days, we could win the tournament,” Glover said. “As coaches our job is to push our players to work hard at all times so that they can play for championships on the court and graduate in the classroom.”
The Voorhees College Men’s Basketball team defeated the Fisk University Bulldogs71 -65. Corey Hall was named Most Valuable Player for the Tigers scoring 10 points. Alex Brooks was also a double-digit scorer with 14 points.
Derrick Mitchell, head men’s basketball coach, said he was proud of his team and everything they have accomplished for the season and during the conference. “We had some ups and downs during the season, but in the end, the players seized the opportunity and won what was rightfully theirs,” Mitchell said. “This championship is not just for this year’s team, but for the whole Voorhees community especially every player I have ever coached here."
During the awards ceremony, which was held the night before, Lady Tigers Hardaway, McFadden, and Davis were all named All-Conference First Team. Missouri was named All-Conference Second Team.
Tigers Denzel Famble, Jr. was named Player of Year, Demetrius Evans, Jr. was named Newcomer of Year and. Alex Brooks was named All –conference Second Team. After the game, Tigers Evans and Marcus Walker were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Glover has been coaching at Voorhees for more than 15 seasons and reached his 300th career win after defeating the Morris College Lady Hornets three weeks before the championship game.
“Three hundred wins is a great testament to the type of players that we have been fortunate to have here as student athletes over the years," said Glover. "This is their accomplishment as a program. We have just been the beneficiary of their success."
Mitchell has been coaching for three years at Voorhees College, and this is the second year he has had the conference player of the year. “This year we set out with the goal of winning the championship. The players went above and beyond of what was asked of them,” Mitchell said.
The Women's and Men's teams both won in their final home games of the season on Senior Night, Wednesday, March 1, against the Columbia International University Rams
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