Former Eagle Basketball Players Win National Title

Former MSJC men's basketball players Lavon Harper and Sam Natt earned an NAIA Division II National title on Tuesday along with their teammates at Union College in Kentucky.samandlavon-nationalchamps.jpg

Union defeated Cornerstone College from Michigan in the Championship game 72-69.  Natt was a member of the MSJC teams from 2011-13, while Harper played for the Eagles from 2012-14.  Natt played 10 minutes in the championship game for Union scoring 2 points.  In the quarter-finals of the National Tournament Natt scored 11 points in his team's victory and in the semi-finals had 9 points.  Harper was having a strong season as well, before a season ending injury sidelined him three weeks ago.

Along their way to the NAIA title, Union pulled off a one point victory over The College of Idaho in a second round Regional game.  The College of Idaho featured another former MSJC player, Roosevelt Adams.  Adams, a local product from Hemet West Valley HS, played for the Eagles from 2014-16.

One other former Eagle also played in the NAIA Regional Tournament.  Blake O'Donnell, who also played for the Eagles from 2014-16, represented Eastern Oregon in the tournament.

Former MSJC men's basketball players Lavon Harper (left) and Sam Natt (right) helped their new team Union College to an NAIA National Championship on Tuesday night.  Union defeated Cornerstone College 72-69 to capture the crown.