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Finalists are set for the 2021 Gulf Coast Athletic Confeence Basketball Tournament.

Xavier's men look to defend their title while the women look to tqke advantage of their first finals apppearance in nearly half a decade.gcactrn21 logo

Women: Fourth-seeded Xavier (LA) took the lead for good in the 14th minute and rolled to a 71-59 victory against top-seeded Rust in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Abryhia Irons had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Xavier (11-6), and O.C. Mbakop Ngassam had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. XULA (11-6) has reached the final for the first time in four years and will play third-seeded Edward Waters, an 80-76 winner against second-seeded Talladega, at 2 p.m. EST Sunday for the championship and an automatic berth to NAIA nationals. Edward Waters (11-4) has won 10 in a row.

Men: Second-seeded XULA spread the wealth and cruised to a 74-50 victory against sixth-seeded Philander Smith in the semifinals of the GCAC Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Rayshawn Mart, Makye Richard and Ed Carter scored 12 points apiece for Xavier (12-4), and Corey Dunning had 10. XULA, the defending champion, will play top-seeded and ninth-ranked Talladega (24-2) at 4 p.m. EST Sunday for the championship and an automatic berth to NAIA nationals. Talladega defeated fifth-seeded Edward Waters 73-70 in the other semifinal.

~XULA Sports Ubfirnation

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