ROCKVILLE — Montgomery College is headed to the big dance.
The Montgomery College Raptors men’s basketball team earned its way Sunday to the NJCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Championship with an 85-71 victory over the visiting Prince George’s Community College Owls.
The Raptors captured the District VII championship thanks to a team effort and will play in the finals in Loch Sheldrake, New York scheduled for March 15-17. The win helped Montgomery College head coach Keith Byrd secure his first trip to the national tournament and the program’s first since 2007.
Afanna Offor led four Raptors in double figures with a game-high 23 points and Tyran Crawford scored 17 points while Collin Turner and Chris Johnson also had significant contributions.
“To be honest,” said Crawford, a former Seneca Valley High School standout, “I’m not trying to get too up or too down but we’re on a mission and we’ve got to complete that mission.”