Seward County used a second-half surge to move into the NJCAA Tournament Final Four with a 68-61 victory over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College on Thursday night at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson. The Saints have won 18 of their last 19 games, and advanced to the semifinals after holding NEO to 21 points below its offensive season average. Four Saints scored in double figures, including a team-high 15 points from freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain. Chamberlain is averaging 22.5 points per game and is shooting 26-of-27 (.963) from the free throw line during the NJCAA Tournament. The Saints committed 24 turnovers against NEO, marking their most giveaways since their Jayhawk West Conference opener on Jan. 2. Seward Countyís defense was also the story, limiting NEO to just 1-of-12 from long range, and also forcing 25 Norse turnovers. Donald Dixon sparked the Saints with 11 points off the bench.

In his first season as Saintsí head coach, Bryan Zollinger has led Seward County to the NJCAA Tournament Final Four for the second time in SCCC history. The last time Seward County played in the NJCAA Tournament semifinals they were defeated 90-88 by Shelby State C.C. in 1998. Seward County is now 6-4 all-time in NJCAA Tournament competition.

South Plains College tallied its sixth consecutive win with a 66-61 win against Indian Hills Community College in the quarterfinals on Thursday evening. SPC leading scorer Nick Okorie (17.1 ppg.) had a slow start against Indian Hills being held scoreless in the first half, but came alive in the second half with 18 points to lead SPC to its programís first-ever NJCAA Tournament Final Four appearance. The Texans have four players who average in double figures, including Okorie, David Tairu (14.8 ppg.), Landon Tatum (14.4 ppg.) and Luciano de Souza (10.2 ppg.). South Plains began the season 16-0 and ranked as high as No. 3 in the NJCAA top 20 poll. Then after suffering all five losses in just over a monthís time span, the Texans regrouped to win the NJCAA Region V Tournament. In addition, Okorie scored 36 points while leading the Texans in their semifinals victory over defending national champion Midland in the Region V Tournament.