The Valley Forge Christian College (AG) Patriots men's basketball team recorded its best record in team history, but fell just short of a national title, losing 74-72 in the finals of the NCCAA Division II National Championships held March 10-14 at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.
The Patriots, who finished the year with a 28-8 mark under the leadership of Coach Jon Mack, defeated Wesley College (Florence, Mississippi) in their quarterfinal game, 64-63, followed by a 68-64 win over Manhattan (Kansas) Christian College in the semifinals. In the championship game, second-seeded VFCC lost to Grace Bible College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in a battle of the top two seeds.
"It was an incredible journey this season," Mack states. "I was very proud of my team for their resilience throughout the tournament and the season. It was a privilege to represent the college and the basketball program on the highest stage of the National Christian College Athletic Association."
VFCC's Nate Stoner and Justyn Mitchell were named as first-team NCCAA All-Americans and were selected as members for the all-tournament team as well. For the third consecutive year, Mack was named East Region coach of the year.
This year marked VFCC's eighth appearance in the NCAA national tournament. Their previous best finishes include two additional runners-up places (1979 and 1988).
For more information about Valley Forge Christian College located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, see its Web site at http://www.VFCC.edu.
For more information about the NCCAA Division II men's basketball finals and awards, see