Muskegon Community College pushed the number two Ancilla College Chargers to overtime but the Chargers answered in to advance to the NJCAA District 9 Tournament Championship on Saturday by a score of 94-88. The Chargers (29-2) led by four at halftime and the teams exchanged the lead 12 times in the second half and overtime. Ancilla went up six with 1:52 left in the second half, then Muskegon went on a 6-0 run capped by a Sergio Diaz (Grand Rapisd Union HS) layup with 19 seconds to tie the game. MCC opened the overtime with a 5-2 run that was highlighted by a Daryl Kirkland II (Muskegon HS) three pointer with 2:01 left to give the Jayhawks (16-14) an 88-86 lead, but Ancilla tied the game with a pair of free throws with 1:11 left and they hit a three pointer with 32 second left to give the Chargers the lead for good.
The Jayhawks were led by Josh Smith (Lansing Waverly HS) who had 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Diaz added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Kirkland II had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Miguel Mahan (Baldwin HS) added 10 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Dylan Mulder (Zion Lutheran Christian HS)/FL) threw in 10 points coming off the bench.