NIAC season delayed until January

Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has made the decision to delay our upcoming basketball season due to COVID-19. Regular season games will now begin January 8, 2021.

Dates for the 2021 NIAC men’s and women’s conference tournament will be March 19-21. Tournament host will be announced in the coming weeks.


RRCrebelsNIAC member school Red River College previously announced their intention to suspend all varsity athletics – including men’s and women’s basketball – for the entire 2020-21 academic year.

FLBC opening weekend recap

Recap written by Brad Bierle – FLBC Men @ Red River College Friday, November 1
On Friday night, the Conqueror Men got behind early and struggled to catch up for the rest of the game, falling to the Red River Rebels 61-81. However, the contest was much closer than the final score would indicate. At one point in the third quarter, the Conquerors pulled even before the Rebels responded with a run of their own. Despite the consistent effort from the team all night, this final deficit was too much to overcome as the Rebels closed out the 20-point victory.
The Conquerors played a good game overall, leaving some room for improvement in several key areas including interior and fastbreak defense along with overall defensive discipline, On offense, the team struggled to identify and adjust to the Rebel’s varying man to man and zone defenses. Once adjustments were made, it turned out to be a little too late to affect the final outcome. Micah Moan led the Conquerors with 18 points followed by Mikah Olsen with 17. Phil Berge and Luther Zeltinger chipped in with 8 and 10 total rebounds respectively. All eleven players saw the court on Friday evening and contributed meaningful minutes.EIpZCR1X0AEWQ_b
Saturday, November 2
On Saturday afternoon, the two teams squared off again. This time, it was the Conquerors who got out in front early by playing extremely aggressive and efficient defense, holding the Rebels to a remarkable 7 points in the first quarter. The second quarter was almost as good and the Conquerors led by a score of 28-21 at the half. Unfortunately, steady pressure and improved shooting by the Rebels allowed them to close the gap to 4 by the end of the third quarter and they pulled away in the fourth to secure a 62-72 victory over the FLBC Men.
Micah Moan led all scorers with 21 with Mikah Olson contributing 14 points. Rebounding was led by Micah Moan with 8 along with 4 assists and 6 steals. Phil Berge and Luther Zeltinger each had 7 rebounds for the game. The 3-point shooting percentage in the 2nd half really hurt the Conquerors as they were unable to hold off the hard-charging Rebels. Both games were fast-paced with great effort from both teams. The Conquerors will play NHSC at home this upcoming weekend with games on Friday, November 8 at 8:00 and
Saturday, November 9 at 3:00.
FLBC Women at Red River College Friday, November 1
The Conqueror Women opened the season in Canada on Friday, November 1 against Red River College. Right from the start, the Rebels played extremely physical and aggressive defense, especially with their guards. This on ball pressure was very disruptive to the Conquerors who found it difficult to get into their half-court offense. Several steals and other turnovers led to many easy baskets in transition for the host team. They went up early on the Conquerors and finished with a 27-72 victory.
FLBC Women at Red River College Saturday, November 2
On Saturday, the Conquerors could have hung their heads after being somewhat overwhelmed on Friday. Instead, they responded with more aggressive and confident play. Their offense started to take shape and showed great promise, including both inside and outside presence and options. The defense was also better, both challenging shots and stopping easy transition baskets for the Rebels. By the end of the game, the Rebels had secured another victory by a final score of 48-70. However, the heart showed by the Conqueror Women was obvious and impressive after a demoralizing loss the evening prior. This bodes well for the team as they turn the page to look ahead to their next games against NHSC this weekend at home. The Lady Conquerors play on Friday, November 8 at 6:00 and on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00.

NIAC Expansion Continues with NHSC

The Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) is pleased to announce the addition of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (New Town, ND) as its 11th active member, beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.

“We are very much looking forward to the addition of NHSC as a NIAC member and feel their inclusion will further strengthen what’s become a very competitive conference,” said Dan Hovestol, NIAC President. “Additionally, we’re aggressively pursuing further expansion as it relates to future NIAC sport and sanctioned tournament options. With 11 colleges, the opportunity to serve our athletes with additional sport offerings becomes more likely in the future.  We’re not only encouraged by the continued addition of NIAC member institutions but also with recent developments of a more intentional relationship with the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC).  Future partnership with the MCAC can potentially expand our athletic opportunities beyond just basketball which I believe is a win-win for all involved.”

The upcoming NIAC postseason basketball tournament will be held February 15-17, 2019 on the Sisseton Wahpeton College campus. Existing members of the NIAC are: Association Free Lutheran Bible School (Plymouth, Minnesota), Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, North Dakota), Leech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, Minnesota), Oak Hills Christian College (Bemidji, Minnesota), Providence University College (Otterburne, Manitoba), Red River College (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Sisseton Wahpeton College (Agency Village, SD), Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, North Dakota) and Turtle Mountain Community College (Belcourt, North Dakota).

2018 NIAC Tournament Matchups Set

Thursday, February 15

9:00 am –  WOMEN: RRC (61) vs PUC (52)

10:45 am – MEN: OHCC (90) vs PUC (95)

12:30 pm – WOMEN: CMU (81) vs TMCC (55)

2:15 pm – MEN: RRC (72) vs CMU (73)

4:00 pm – WOMEN: TBC (63) vs LLTC (53)

5:45 pm – MEN: LLTC (77) vs TMCC (53)

7:30 pm – WOMEN: SWC (106) vs CCCC (34)

9:15 pm – MEN: SWC (93) vs TBC (94)

Friday, February 16

2:00 pm – WOMEN: Canadian Mennonite (69) vs Trinity Bible (53)

4:00 pm – MEN: Canadian Mennonite (83) vs Leech Lake Tribal (86)

6:00 pm – WOMEN: Red River (57) vs Sisseton Wahpeton (74)

8:00 pm – MEN: Providence (92) vs Trinity Bible (85) – OT

Saturday, February 17

1:00 pm – WOMEN: Championship – Canadian Mennonite (86) vs Sisseton Wahpeton (88) – OT

3:00 pm – MEN: Championship – Leech Lake Tribal (95) vs Providence (81)

All games played on the campus of Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, North Dakota. Watch live on YouTube

NIAC Schedule Released

With a full slate of conference action set for the 2016-17 regular season, the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) released its official schedule today. All seven participating NIAC colleges will have both men’s and women’s programs this year. The full schedule can be viewed at: https://niacsports.wordpress.com/schedule/  Additionally, the NIAC Conference Tournament will be held on February 16-18, 2017 in Bemidji, MN. Oak Hills Christian College will be hosting this year’s tournament. Tournament information can be obtained at:   http://www.oakhills.edu/athletics/niac-tournament