PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College men’s basketball team is headed to the 2015 Region XIV basketball tournament this week as the top seed, earning a bye, and will face Jacksonville College on Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m.
The 2015 Region XIV basketball tournament will take place this week at the Jacksonville ISD Gymnasium located at 811 Farnsworth in Jacksonville.
Four San Jac (26-4, 17-2) sophomore players average double-digit points, led by Willie Mangum (Richmond, Va. / Marshall HS / Western Nebraska Community College). Mangum averages 20.4 points, a mark that ranks 25th in the nation. Donte Thomas (Washington D.C. / Ballou HS / Hagerstown Community College) is second on the team with a 12.5 points per game average, followed by Michael Carey (11.6 ppg) (Nassau, Bahamas / Lamar Consolidated HS), and Javonlean Hedgeman (10.1 ppg) (Pearland / Pearland HS).
The winner of the Region XIV tournament earns a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship, March 16-21 in Hutchinson, Kansas. San Jacinto College has made 19 national tournament appearances, the last in 2006.
The 2015 Region XIV tournament runs through Saturday, March 7. For more information, including a complete schedule of games, visit the Jacksonville College website.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.