Worcester, Mass. -- The Quinsigamond Community College Men's Basketball team had an outstanding 2006-2007 season, earning the College its first appearance at the NJCAA Division III National Tournament by winning the Region 21 title.
The team was led by several remarkable athletes this year. First Team All-American and All-Star Maurice Horton helped pilot the Chiefs to a 28-7 record on the season. He was aided by First Team All-Region Player Elijah Sims and Charles Horton.
Together they helped earn QCC its first Division III, Region 21 title and a birth at the National Tournament.
The QCC Chiefs entered the regional tournament on March 2, 2007 ranked first. Lead by Maurice Horton and Elijah Sims, the Chiefs knocked off fourth ranked Springfield Technical Community College 74-72 and second ranked Gateway Community College 76-61 to win the title.
In the championship game against Gateway, Maurice Horton scored a game-high 22 points. Sims added 18 points and seven rebounds. Charles Horton scored 11 points including two three-pointers, and Dennis Williams chipped in 10 points off the bench.
The victory propelled the Chiefs to the National Tournament where, aided by Maurice Horton's 31 points, they defeated last year's national champs, North Lake College, 72-67.
The Chiefs subsequently fell to eventual national champs Sullivan County Community College 83-76 in the semifinals.
Horton finished the year as the fourth leading scorer in the nation with an average of 23.5 points a game. He also finished second in the country in rebounds and 21st in steals with an average of 13.2 and 2.7 respectively.
Meanwhile, Sims ranked first in the nation in steals, ninth in assists and 23rd in scoring. For the year, Sims averaged 19.9 points, 6.8 assists, and 5.5 steals.