Winter storms and illness couldn’t slow down the Dalton State College men’s basketball team.
In the end, neither could any other team in the Southern States Athletic Conference when it came to the Roadrunners earning the league’s regular season championship.
Despite having practice schedules altered multiple times in recent days and one of its best players battling sickness, Dalton State was able to defeat Brewton-Parker 64-43 Saturday night at the trade center’s Mashburn Arena and secure the outright SSAC title. That brings with it an automatic bid into the 32-team field for the NAIA Division I National Championship, which starts March 18 in Kansas City, Mo.
Dalton State players and coaches celebrated after the game by cutting down the nets and posing for pictures with fans.
“This is an incredible moment for the team, the administration and the Dalton community,” said Dalton State coach Tony Ingle, who has led the program since it was relaunched prior to the 2013-14 season.
Dalton Junior College had a successful men’s basketball team from 1968 to 1978, and Ingle was among those who played for the Roadrunners during that time. It’s safe to say he has felt welcomed back.
“The whole town has supported us and given us a lot ...