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Georgetown College men's basketball team celebrated their 2013 national title this past Thursday with the ring ceremony. Each player, coach and manager received a ring for all the hard work and dedication in making that exciting run at the national tournament this past March in Kansas City, Mo.
Presenting the 2013 team with their rings was the 1998 Georgetown College men's basketball national championship team.
"It was a great night for Tiger Basketball. It was so nice to take an evening and celebrate such an amazing accomplishment by our wonderful group of players," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "It was very special for so many of our alumni that helped build this great tradition to be a part of the ceremony. It gave me chills to see the members of the '98 team take pride in passing out the rings to our team. And it certainly makes our players now want to work even harder to try to earn another."
It was an opportunity for the team to relish another time in the accomplishments and the fruits of labor that start in September. Along with the national title, GC brought home numerous individual honors.
Vic Moses came to Georgetown as a true freshman with a goal of winning a national championship. His potential was evident early as he was named All-American his freshman season, a trend that would continue all four years he played. In the2013 national tournament, the Lexington native averaged a double-double and for his efforts was the clear choice for NAIA Player of the Year. He was also all-tournament.
Monty Wilson hit the biggest shot of the season; oddly enough the second was probably his coming out party at University of Pikeville which also served as a game winner. With time winding down in the semifinals, the junior stepped back off a screen by Moses and drained a three to propel the Tigers into the finals. He was named tournament MVP.
Briggs became the youngest coach to ever be recognized as a Coach of the Year. In just his second season at the helm of the Tigers, he guided this team to a 28-8 record and five wins in six days for the title.
1998 Team Members
David Shee, Will Carlton, Barry Bowman, KC Goodin, Todd Cox, Rick Ward, Billy Ray Fawns, LaVar Tolley, Anthony Holt, Michael McCray, Rob Ogden, Happy Osborne, Steve Payne, Keith Griesser, Chris Wilhite, Jason Mays and Dewayne Vaught
2013 Team Members
Vic Moses, Garel Craig, Allan Thomas, Monty Wilson, Russ Middleton, Montavious Marc, Deondre McWhorter, Corey Washburn, DJ Townsend, Bopper Stenzel, Joe Caldwell, Matt Masters, Charlie Rogers, Chris Briggs, James Jackson, Ray Valentine, Daniel Price, Hollis Giles, Anthony Adkins, Michael Porter and Chris Day