The Niagara Community College men's basketball team upset seventh-seeded Macomb Community College, 78-67, on Tuesday at Danville Area Community College in Illinois to advance to the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Championships.
Seven players scored seven or more points for the Thunderwolves. Freshman LaTerrance Reed, a Canisius High School grad, led the way with 12 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes.
"That's why you recruit kids that win titles, state championships, federation championships." NCCC coach Bill Beilein said in the postgame press conference. "He really stepped up coming off the bench today and was a real key contributor on our squad."
Donel Cathcart (Cardinal O'Hara) and Fausto Pichardo scored 11 points, and Randy Corporan added 10, as NCCC shot 57 percent from the field and 41 percent from three. They also committed 32 turnovers.
"I'll take 32 turnovers while we still got that win," Beilein said. "My uncle John (Beilein, Michigan's head coach) was probably sitting just cringing because his team gets, like, three turnovers a game."
The Thunderwolves (25-5) play Thursday at 4 p.m. against No. 2 South Suburban College (22-11), which beat Dakota County Technical College on Tuesday, 70-48. Winner of that game moves on to the semifinals Friday at 9:30 p.m. Loser plays in a consolation game Friday at 4 p.m.
The championship is set for Saturday at 8:30 p.m.