Seward County Community College finished a historic season on Saturday night defeating No. 19 Three Rivers Community College, 81-63, in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament to claim a third-place finish at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan. The Saints led from start-to-finish and had big performances from sophomore Darko Cohadarevic (19 points, eight rebounds), sophomore Nick Burns (20 points, five assists), and freshman Reggie Chamberlain (19 points, 4-of-6 three-pointers) who helped the Saints tie the second most single-season victories in Seward County history with a 32-6 overall record. Saints’ first-year head coach Bryan Zollinger finished a monumental season winning a Jayhawk West championship, Region VI Tournament title and finishing third at the NJCAA Tournament. Three Rivers completes its season with a fourth-place finish and a 29-8 overall record.

Cohadarevic and Chamberlain were both honored following the championship game as NJCAA All-Tournament selections. Chamberlain, who was one of three freshman named All-Tournament, shot 31-of-33 (.939) from the free throw line, made a team-high 11-of-24 from 3-point territory and averaged 20.5 points per game in tournament action. Cohadarevic, the Region VI Tournament M.V.P., averaged 18 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 6-of-17 from 3-point range, and made 82 percent of his free throws (23-of-28).

Burns also turned in solid performances at the tournament recording three double-figure scoring games, and averaging 14.3 points and shooting 7-of-16 from 3-point range.

Seward County built a 14-point lead early in the game with four 3-pointers, two free throws, and four points from Cohadarevic and Ervin Williams in the paint, for a 20-6 advantage forcing a Three Rivers timeout at the 11:45 mark.

SCCC was lights out from behind the 3-point arc in the first half making 7-of-8 (.875) while shooting 54 percent from the floor. The Saints also scored 12 points off nine Raider turnovers in the opening half.

The Saints held a double-figure lead for the final 33 minutes of the contest, as six players all scored at least six points in the game for SCCC.

In the final minutes of the first half, Chamberlain made his third 3-pointer of the game, Cohadarevic knocked down a pair of free throws, and Chamberlain added a foul shot to give the Saints a 36-20 lead. Seward County finished the period with its largest first-half lead, 40-23, after Burns made a shot in the lane with :15 on the clock.

Burns led all players at the break with 12 points on 5-of-7 field goals and 2-of-2 from long range. Chamberlain was a perfect 3-of-3 from long range scoring 10 points at halftime.

Three Rivers was held to 8-of-24 shooting (.333) in the first half, as freshman Jeff McClain led the Raiders with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.

It was more of the same in the second half for the Saints, who charged out of the locker room on a 7-2 run to start the second half, to take its first 19-point lead (47-28) at the 17:29 mark.

With Seward County leading by 19 points midway through the second half, Cohadarevic took over the game scoring eight straight points for the Saints. Burns added a 3-pointer at the 6:48 mark during a 9-0 run to give the Saints their largest lead, 73-49.

SCCC’s final scoring run saw Chamberlain make his fourth 3-pointer of the contest, Cohadarevic score his final three points in a Saints’ uniform, and Burns hitting a jump shot to give SCCC an 81-59 advantage with just over one minute remaining in the game.

Seward County finished the game shooting 50 percent (10-of-20) from 3-point range and 82 percent from the charity stripe (23-of-28). The Saints shot a solid 18-of-20 from the free throw line in the second period.

The Saints scored 18 points off 15 Raider turnovers. Three Rivers, who leads the NJCAA shooting 79 percent from the foul stripe, hit 14-of-17 (.824) from the free throw line.

Three Rivers was led was led by sophomore guard Bryan Sherrer (14 points, five assists), freshman guard Jeff McClain (14 points, four rebounds) and sophomore forward Artem Valov (11 points, five rebounds).

NJCAA TOURNAMENT – FINAL RESULTS
Championship Game: South Plains College vs. No. 4 Salt Lake C.C. (67-56)
3rd/4th Place Game: Seward County C.C. defeated No. 19 Three Rivers C.C. (81-63)
5th/6th Place Game: Eastern Arizona College defeated Indian Hills C.C. (70-63)
7th/8th Place Game: No. 2 Chipola College defeated Paris J.C. (84-66)

NJCAA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM & AWARDS:
Most Valuable Player: Jonathan Hall (South Plains College)
Coach of the Tournament: Steve Green (South Plains College)
Bud Obee Outstanding Small Player Award: Brian Green (Salt Lake C.C.)
Sportsmanship Award: Nikola Keeman (Eastern Arizona College)

All-Tournament Team:
- Jonathan Hall, Sophomore (South Plains College)
- Dwight Buycks, Freshman (Indian Hills C.C.)
- Will Bynum, Sophomore (Eastern Arizona College)
- Reggie Chamberlain, Freshman (Seward County C.C.)
- Darko Cohadarevic, Sophomore (Seward County C.C.)
- Dominique Gaines, Sophomore (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College)
- Brian Green, Sophomore (Salt Lake C.C.)
- Dwight Hardy, Freshman (Indian Hills C.C.)
- DaVell Jackson, Sophomore (Salt Lake C.C.)
- Mario Little, Sophomore (Chipola College)
- Nick Okorie, Sophomore (South Plains College)
- Bryan Sherrer, Sophomore (Three Rivers C.C.)
- Eric Tramiel, Sophomore (Paris J.C.)

NOTES:
Seward County is now 7-5 all-time in NJCAA Tournament competition… The Saints won 19 of their last 21 games of the season… Seward County’s 32 wins is the most victories for any Region VI team this season… Seward County also equals its best finish ever at a NJCAA Tournament (1998 – 3rd place)… Seward County’s 32 victories ties the 1994-1995 Saints’ team (32-5 overall) that also went to the NJCAA Tournament for the second most victories in SCCC single-season history… Seward County broke three all-time team statistical school records, including 3-point field goals made (325), free throw shooting percentage (.725) and 3-point shooting percentage (.388)… The Saints’ team statistical totals also ranked in eight additional all-time single-season top 10 team categories, including second in opponent scoring average (64.1 ppg.), second in total steals (414), fourth in total rebounds (1,410), fourth in total assists (626), fourth in field goals made (1,026), fourth in free throws made (588), fifth in total blocked shots (130) and seventh in field goal shooting percentage (.467)… Reggie Chamberlain’s .833 free throw shooting percentage is the best ever in SCCC history by a freshman, and ranks third all-time for a single-season… Reggie Chamberlain recorded 171 assists this season, the second most for a freshman in Seward County history (Carlo Walton – 194 in 1993-94)… Reggie Chamberlain finished with 95 steals, which is also the second most by a freshman in Saints’ history (Carlo Walton – 114 in 1993-94)… Reggie Chamberlain’s 83 three-pointers are also second behind Carlo Walton (87 in 1993-94) for the most ever by a Saints’ freshman, ranking fifth in single-season history… Nick Burns finished his career ranked third all-time in Seward County history for career assists (270), seventh in career 3-point field goals (105), and seventh in career steals (116)… Donald Dixon’s .446 three-point shooting percentage ranks fourth in Saints’ single-season history… Ervin Williams finished his two-year career ranked second in SCCC history for career blocked shots (96), fifth in career field goal shooting percentage (.564) and ninth in career rebounds (362)… Bryson Hampton recorded 68 career blocked shots ranking sixth in Saints’ history… Darko Cohadarevic finishes his two-year career at Seward County ranked sixth in career rebounds, ninth in career 3-pointers (90), ninth in career blocked shots (60) and 10th in career field goals made (321)… Three Rivers head coach Gene Bess completed his 38th season as head coach at Three Rivers this season. Bess is the all-time winningest head coach in college basketball history with 1,056 career wins. Bess has led the Raiders to two NJCAA National Championships, 15 national tournament appearances and to eight final four finishes... Seward finished the season with a 3-0 record against NJCAA Top 20 opponents, with all three wins coming in the post season against No. 9 Cowley College (71-61), No. 2 Chipola College (90-84, OT) and No. 19 Three Rivers C.C. (81-63)… The Saints completed the post-season with a 7-1 record… Seward County was 30-0 this season when out-shooting its opponent from the field… Among all Saints’ sophomores, Nick Burns started in more games (58) during his two-year career. Burns scored a team-high 20 points against the Raiders, marking the eighth time this season and 11th time for his career… Darko Cohadarevic pulled down eight rebounds against Three Rivers, leading the team in rebounding for the 14th time this season and 16th time in his career… Seward County finished the season ranked ninth in the NJCAA in defensive points allowed per game (64.1 ppg.), second in the NJCAA in team 3-point field goals made (325), and seventh in the NJCAA in team free throw shooting percentage (.725)… Darko Cohadarevic and Reggie Chamberlain join former Saints Kevin Houston (1998) and Tony Heard (1998) as the only NJCAA All-Tournament Team selections in Saints’ history… Former Saints’ guard Carlo Walton was awarded the Bud Obee Outstanding Small Player Award during the 1995 tournament…