Successful first year in NCBBA lands Lopes among top teams in nation
By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director
GCU Club Sports is proud to announce that the Grand Canyon University Club Men’s Basketball (Purple) team is ranked 14th in the final National Club Basketball Association (NCBBA) Regular Season Poll. The Lopes placed in the No. 14 slot for the second straight poll, and wound up the year being in the NCBBA Top 20 for the final ten polls of the 2017-18 season.
The final ranking just adds to the massive amount of accomplishments that Lopes’ Head Coach Jeremy Basham and his charges accomplished in their first year of NCBBA competition. Besides being ranked since late November, the Lopes came within one win of their first-ever berth in the NCBBA National Championships by winning the NJCAA Southern Pacific East Conference Championship, hosting the NCBBA SoPac Regional Tournament at Antelope Gym, and coming just six points short of winning the tournament. The Lopes finished the 2017-18 season with an impressive 11-3 overall record.
The entire NCBBA Final Rankings are listed below:
|Rank||Team||Total Pts||Prev Rank|
|12||St. John’s (NY)||162||12|
|14||Grand Canyon (Purple)||120||14|