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District 16 Champions VU Trailblazers Punch Their Ticket to Hutch

Ina, IL – The Vincennes University Trailblazers punched their ticket to compete in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS by defeating a tough Wabash Valley team 82-70 to win the District 16 Tournament Title, and Freshman Isaiah Tisdale was named the District 16 Tournament MVP.

Of all the teams that the #5 Trailblazers had faced this season, rival Wabash Valley had proved to be the toughest, and the beginning of the District 16 Championship game proved to be no different. Wabash Valley jumped out to a 6-0 lead, making 3-of-their-4 first shot attempts; however, the Trailblazers would answer. Freshman Rade Kukobat would make a tough 2 inside, then answer with a deep 3 on the next possession to pull VU within 1 with 16 minutes to play in the first-half. From there, the teams would trade the lead 5 times over the next 5 minutes, before VU started to inch out to a 6-point lead thanks to an offense explosion by Freshman Isaiah “Pun” Tisdale. Tisdale would knock down 3-of-5 3-point shots he attempted, 8-of-10 from the floor total, and racked up a game-high 20 points at the half to lead VU to a 35-30 half-time lead.

Wabash Valley would storm back to start the 2nd half, going on a 5-0 run to tie things at 35 in the first minute of play. Just as he had done all tournament, Isaiah Tisdale served as the spark plug for the Trailblazers. He would knock-down a 3, get fouled, and convert the 4-point play at the free-throw line to help VU stretch out what would eventually be a gap that the Warriors of Wabash Valley were unable to make-up. VU would top rival Wabash Valley 82-70, winning the District 16 Tournament Title, and punching their ticket to Hutchinson, KS to compete in the NJCAA National Tournament.

Freshman Isaiah Tisdale led the way for VU over Wabash Valley. Tisdale racked up 28 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds on the game, and for his combined efforts in all 3 games, would be named the District 16 Tournament Most Valuable Player! Tisdale averaged 21.3 ppg, 7 rebs, and 3ast per contest in the District 16 Tournament. Sophomore Nate Hansen had 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. Hansen is now just 11 3’s shy of the all-time VU record. Fellow sophomores Chris Darrington & Romaro Gill would round-out the Blazers scoring in double-figures with 16 & 11 respectively.

The seeds and byes will be announced Sunday afternoon for the NJCAA National Tournament. Tune in live to the Blazer 91.1 for more information, watch Trailblazer Willie on social media, and/or watch the govutrailblazers.com website!


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