2017 NJCAA Runner-Up
March 22, 2017
When the Spartans took the court on October 1st for the start of the 2016-17 season they were searching for their motto, their drive, their goal. They found it in 3 simple words: MARCH is EARNED. After finishing the 2015-2016 season as the Skyway Conference Champions for the 1st time in 19 years, they bowed out in a 1st round playoff loss, which left a sour taste in their mouths. So how would they respond in the 2016-2017 season? By winning their 2nd consecutive Skyway Conference Title, a Region 4 Championship (a first for the program), a District 2 Championship (another 1st in program history), and finishing the season as the National Runner-Up. The Spartans season would end with an overall record of 31-6. The 31 wins is also a new school record.
I can't express how happy I am for these kids, the staff, the families and friends of the players, and the entire school," stated coach Reed Nosbisch. "This team gave everything they had on a daily basis and never complained once. I can’t be more proud of their accomplishments."
The Spartans run to the National Title game included playoff wins over Harper, Madison, and the defending National Champions Rock Valley to secure the Region 4 title. Then they defeated Lorain College (Ohio) to win the District 2 title and punch their ticket to Rochester, Minnesota for the final 8. Once they arrived in Rochester they defeated Brookdale (New Jersey) in the quarterfinals, Herkimer College (New York) in the semi-finals before eventually falling to North Lake College (Texas) in the Title game.
"This is an experience I will never forget," said Jordan Anderson. "We came together with one common goal and that goal was achieved."
The Spartans will lose 8 sophomores for next season including: Chris Benjamin (All Conference, All Region), Charles Sanders (All Conference, All Region Tournament), Juwan Stewart (All Tournament Nationals), Jamal Jackson, Connor Boesch, Stephen Moyer, Dustin Kram, Jordan Anderson (All Conference).
Freshmen on this year’s team included: Isiah Smith, Jorge Contreras, Desmond Douglas, Chaq Bennett, Ethan Mayfield, Demetrios Roumbos, and Homer Denson (All Conference, All Region, MVP Region 4 Tournament, All Tournament Nationals) and Noah Fox.
The team also included redshirts Dee Robinson and Jack Wolff. The coaching staff included: Head Coach Reed Nosbisch and his assistant coaches Pat Barnhart, Tarnell Davis, and Mark Sommerville.
"It was a great run," summed up Nosbisch. "I can’t thank everyone enough. The amount of support these kids received was truly special," he continued. "Hopefully we can continue this success and make this trip every year."
March WAS Earned.
March 21, 2017
On Saturday, the Spartans finished Runner-Up in the nation after losing to North Lake College of Texas 66-56. The Spartans fought back from a 22-point deficit that started the second half against fifth-seeded North Lake, which won its third national title in this year’s tournament.
The title capped a tournament run where the Spartans dominated its first two opponents. The team opened the tournament with an 82-53 win over Brookdale Community College of New Jersey. In the next round, they defeated Herkimer County Community College of New York 57-42.
Spartans Homer Denson and Juwan Stewart were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Spartans had an amazing season finishing 31-6 overall. They won a Skyway Conference Title (for the second year in a row), a Region IV title, a District II title, and finished Runner-Up in the Nation.
The Spartans' motto all season has been "March is Earned," and they earned it by going further than any ECC team has before. The team would like to thank everyone for their support.
The college will celebrate the team’s accomplishments on Tuesday, April 4, in the Building B Jobe Lounge at 10 a.m.
March 17, 2017
- Elgin won 82-53 in the Quarter Finals on Thursday, March 16.
- Semi Finals: 5 pm C, Friday, March 17
- Finals: If Elgin wins Semi Finals, 7 pm C, Saturday, March 18. If Elgin loses Semi Finals, 5 pm C, Saturday, March 18.
March 13, 2017
NJCAA National Championship March 16-18, 2017 at University Center Rochester-Regional Sports Center, Rochester, Minnesota
- Quarter Finals: Elgin plays against Brookdale at 3 pm ET, Thursday, March 16
- Semi Finals: 6 pm ET, Friday, March 17
- Finals: 8 pm ET, Saturday, March 18
- Twitter: @RochesterSport
- Facebook: @RochesterSports
- Tournament hashtag: #NJCAAd3mbb
March 6, 2017
The ECC Men’s Basketball Team’s motto this entire season has been "March is Earned." The Spartans took another step closer to their goal of a national title by defeating Region XII Champion Lorain County Community College for the District II title 86-68 on Saturday, March 4, at the Building J Events Center. The Spartans, who are 29-5 overall, will now advance to the NJCAA Division III National Basketball Championship in Rochester, Minn., where they will compete against seven other district champions from March 16 to 18.
Prior to last Saturday’s victory, the Spartans’ historic run included co-winning the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title for Division III (Waubonsee Community College, which shares the title, is in Division II) following the regular season. The team then won their first-ever Region IV Championship on Feb. 26 by defeating Rock Valley College, the defending national champion, 72-69. Charles Sanders was named to the All-Tournament Team and Homer Denson was the Region IV Tournament MVP. Coach Reed Nosbisch was named the Region IV Division III Coach of the Year.
We will have additional information about the Spartans’ next opponent in the championship tournament in the future. To view Saturday’s District II Championship Game, visit
Individual player stats can be viewed on the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) site.
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