Bay Minette, Alabama - Faulkner State Community College's Men's Basketball team shared an emotional ending to the ACCC Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday as they celebrated a 93-76 victory over Gadsden State Community College.
Athletic Director and Men's Basketball Head Coach Jack Robertson said this was a season he would never forget.
"Early in the season, we set goals to win the Southern Division and to win every home game, and they were so dedicated to reaching those," Robertson said. "They were determined to make that happen. Then after that, we set the next goal to win the state tournament."
This is the third time in the College's history the men's team has won the State Tournament.
"I knew they could do it, and they proved it Saturday night," Robertson said. "The guys represented the College, the City of Bay Minette and Baldwin County so well. It was a special tournament because we were able to show off Faulkner State and the community, and it was the best tournament I have been to in my 43 years at the College."
Robertson said the team was overwhelmed with the support from the community and the College as hundreds of fans turned out over the course of the four-day tournament. Many of those dedicated fans witnessed history on Saturday as the men proved their skills and teamwork.
"They worked hard, and they are a great bunch of men," Robertson said. "They deserve all the great things that happen to them. They are special to me."
Several players from Faulkner State's championship team received awards after the tournament. Rafael Adams received the prestigious ACCC All-Tournament MVP. Adams and Phillip Rankin were named to the All Region 22 First Team and the South Division First Team. Players recognized for ACCC All-Tournament are Rafael Adams, Reagan Eubanks, Xavier Dortch and Phillip Rankin.
Coach Robertson has more than 800 wins in his career and was named the ACCC Coach of the Year on Saturday night. On Monday night, he also received the Birmingham Tip-Off Club Glen Clem Junior College Coach of the Year award.
The men's team will leave Thursday morning for Hutchinson, Kansas to compete in the NJCAA National Championship. They will play Tyler Junior College on Monday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. The tournament will be broadcast through the NJCAA's website.