RUTHERFORD, N.J. – After a year's absence, the Felician College men's basketball team is returning to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament. Felician, the No. 4 seed out of the CACC North Division, will travel to the CACC South's No. 1 seed, Holy Family University, in a first-round playoff game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Campus Center Gymnasium on the Holy Family campus.
Felician (12-14, 9-9 CACC) won six of its final eight games to tie Concordia (N.Y.) College for fourth place in the CACC North, and captured the division's final playoff spot via tiebreaker by virtue of its 2-0 record against Concordia. The Golden Falcons are making their fourth conference tournament appearance in the last five years, and the 11th in team history. They won the event in 2010.
Felician is led by the high-scoring senior tandem of forward/guard Antoine Obery (Roselle, N.J./Abraham Clark) and guard Anthony D. Green (Jersey City, N.J./Snyder). Obery is the CACC's second-leading scorer at 18.8 points per game and ranks third in rebounding (10.5 pg) and field-goal percentage (.556). Green is averaging 15.4 points, good for 12th in the conference, and has drained 67 three-point field goals this season. Sophomore forward J.R. Pringley (Elizabeth, N.J./Linden) is averaging 7.4 points, including 13.9 in seven February contests. The Golden Falcons are 3-9 in non-neutral road games.
Holy Family (17-9, 13-4), from northeast Philadelphia, is seeking its first CACC title. It enters this year's playoffs on a five-game win streak. The Tigers are paced by the all-around excellence of junior guard Ervin Ezell (Deptford, N.J./Deptford), who averages 16.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and 3.0 steals. Junior guard Alberto Munoz (Morrisville, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) has made 83 three-pointers en route to 15.7 points per game, and senior forward Angel Ayala (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) averages 10.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. HFU is 9-3 at home.
The Tigers won this year's regular-season meeting between the teams, 89-72, on Feb. 10 in Rutherford.
Directions to Holy Family are available at http://athletics.holyfamily.edu/sports/2011/1/28/directions.aspx. Ticket prices for Saturday's game are $6 for adults and $3 for children, students (with ID) and senior citizens. Children aged three years and under will be admitted free. Holy Family will also offer online Live Stats at http://www.sidearmstats.com/holyfamily/mbball/ and Live Video at http://tinyurl.com/az86o9g.
The University of the Sciences will host the semifinals and finals of the CACC Tournament on its Philadelphia campus. Saturday's victor will take on the USciences-Bloomfield College first-round winner on March 8 at USciences' Morgan Arena at either 5 or 7 p.m.
The CACC Championship Game is slated for March 9 at 7 p.m. at USciences. The winner of the CACC Tournament receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Division II East Regional, to be hosted by the region's No. 1 seed.
The complete CACC first-round schedule can be viewed at http://www.caccathletics.org/news/2013_BK_Champ_Sched.