A pair of Aces alumni will be playing for a berth in the NCAA tournament this weekend, while another two will face-off in a match-up with postseason implications. On Friday night, Rob Jones ’02 and the Immaculata Mighty Macs (17-9, 11-5) seek their first-ever NCAA bid as they take on Gwynedd-Mercy in the PAC Championship. Jones, a senior and PAC Player of the Week honoree, is among the team leaders in points, rebounds, steals, assists and minutes played and is the only player to have started all 26 games this season. Tip-off for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7 PM at Immaculata’s Alumnae Hall.
On Saturday afternoon, Dan Capkin ’05 and the Gettysburg Bullets (21-3, 16-2), take on Johns Hopkins in a Centennial Conference semifinal at Ursinus College (3 PM tip-off). Gettysburg recorded its winningest regular season in program history and received a first-round bye in the tournament. A victory on Saturday would put the Bullets in the conference finals. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid in the NCAA Division III tournament. Capkin, a junior, was recently named a member of the All-Centennial Conference first team for the second year in a row and was the only first-team member to notch All-Academic honors. A four-time Centennial Conference Player of the Week recipient this season, Capkin leads the Bullets and ranks third in the conference in scoring with his 19.1 points-per-game average. He is among the conference leaders in three-pointers made, free-throw percentage, three-point field-goal percentage and field-goal percentage. In the Bullets’ regular season finale against McDaniel, Capkin became the 21st 1,000-point scorer in Gettysburg history.
On Sunday night, Ryan Brooks ’06 and the Temple Owls square off against Garrett Williamson ’06 and the St. Joe’s Hawks at the Palestra (7:30 PM tip-off). The Owls (15-12, 8-5) and Hawks (17-9, 8-5) are locked in a four-way tie for second place in the A-10 conference standings and seeking one of four first-round byes in the A-10 tournament. Brooks and the Owls are hoping to avenge a 68-67 loss to the Hawks earlier this month. Brooks continues to demonstrate why Fran Dunphy made him his first recruit in his tenure as the Temple head coach. Against Charlotte on Wednesday, he tallied 16 points, including 3-3 from trey-land and played 31 minutes in the Owls’ 75-61 victory. Ryan has assumed the sixth man's role and is the Owls' 3rd leading scorer at 8.7 points per game. Williamson, the Hawks’ sixth man, is among the team leaders in steals, field goal percentage, assist/turnover ratio, free-throws made and blocked shots. He has emerged as one of the top perimeter defenders in the A-10, assuming the role of defensive stopper for St. Joe’s.