By Jonah Bronstein
Niagara Gazette — The Thunderwolvarena will roar for the final time this season tonight when the Niagara County Community College men's basketball team meets Jamestown CC in a sub-regional playoff game.
With 20 wins under their belt, the Thunderwolves enter the Region III playoffs as the No. 3 seed, in line to face archrival Erie CC on Saturday in the semifinals if they take care of business at home, where they have gone 10-1 this season.
NCCC swept the season series with Jamestown, winning 79-77 on the road in the first game of the semester, and winning 86-58 at home a week later. The Thunderwolves led by as many as 49 points in that game.
"The first game back we were still getting the rust off," coach Bill Beilein said. "The second matchup, we were coming off a loss, we were very focused on we executed very well on both offense and defense."
NCCC comes into tonight's game having lost 87-76 to nationally-ranked Monroe CC in Saturday's regular season finale. The Thunderwolves held a double-digit lead in the second half of the game, and would've claimed a share of the Western New York Athletic Conference championship with a win.
Locals Jordan Street (Niagara Falls), Jake Hughes (Niagara-Wheatfield), and Ethan Baker (Wilson) have played key roles for NCCC this season.
The NCCC women's team will meet Alfred State at 3 p.m. Saturday in the regional semifinals at ECC.