Rend Lake College’s mens basketball team won its second straight region title with an 86-78 victory over John Wood Community College on Sunday afternoon.
Woodlawn graduate Dawson Verhines led the Warriors with 26 points with 15 in the second half. Jeril Taylor added 19 for Rend Lake.
Rend Lake entered the NJCAA Region 24 Tournament as the top seed and beat No. 5 seed Lincoln 76-65 in Saturday’s semifinal game after an opening round bye.
Corey Ayala, Noel Allen and Cortez Macklin led the Warriors with 13 points each against Lincoln. Woodlawn graduate Bronson Verhines added 11.
Rend Lake now travels to the NJCAA Division II national tournament.