Seward County provided what may possibly be the upset of the NJCAA Tournament in the first round on Tuesday night with a 90-84 overtime victory against No. 2 nationally-ranked Chipola College (32-2). Freshman Reggie Chamberlain scored a season-high 30 points (18-of-19 free throws) and sophomore Darko Cohadarevic tallied 25 points (4-of-6 three-pointers) to lead the Saints in the victory. The Saints used only seven players in the contest, with each player scoring at least one field goal, and each player playing in more than 22 minutes. Seward County shot an impressive 85 percent from the free throw line, connecting on a season-high 40-of-47 in the game. Chipola, who finished as NJCAA Tournament runner-up in 2007, will continue play in the losers bracket on Thursday afternoon. The Saints have now won 17 of their last 18 games overall.

The Saints advance with a first round victory for the third straight time in NJCAA Tournament play. In 1998, Seward County defeated Northern Oklahoma, 78-66, to advance to the quarterfinals, and they also moved past Connors State College (86-73) in first round play in 1995. Seward County is now 5-4 all-time in NJCAA Tournament action, and posted its first win, in its only try, against an opponent from Region VIII (Florida).

Northern Oklahoma A&M College moved into the quarterfinals with a 78-65 victory over Shelton State Community College on Tuesday evening. Sophomores Reggie Mathis (26 points) and Dominique Gaines (24 points) scored 64 percent of the Norse’s points on a combined 18-for-29 shooting performance from the floor. All five of NEO’s starters average double-figure scoring, with 6-foot-7 sophomore Cicero Gonzaga (11 points, 10 rebounds vs. Shelton State) leading the way in the paint averaging a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. NEO lost two straight games for the first time all season heading into the Region II Tournament, but came away with a tournament championship with three straight victories. The Norse upset No. 12 Univ. of Arkansas - Fort Smith in the Region II semifinals, 86-82.