HONORING THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA'S MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM FOR WINNING THE NJCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
(Extensions of Remarks - April 17, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E479]
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  HONORING THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA'S MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM FOR 
                WINNING THE NJCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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                         HON. RICHARD B. NUGENT

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                       Wednesday, April 17, 2013

  Mr. NUGENT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor College of Central 
Florida men's basketball team for their heroic win in the NJCAA 
National Championship.
  On March 23, 2013, the College of Central Florida Patriots faced 
Northwest Florida State in the NJCAA national championship game. Early 
on, the Patriots built a 15-point lead and managed to fend off a late 
charge by their opponents to bring back the school's first ever 
national championship in men's basketball.
  During the game, Eugene McCrory scored 23 points and earned the Most 
Valuable Player award. Rasham Suarez also earned all-tournament honors 
for the school and Central Florida Coach Tim Ryan won the award for the 
tournament's best coach.
  The win makes the Patriots the third team from Florida to win the 
national championship and it is the first such win for a Florida team 
in almost twenty years.
  This historic win is a testament to what can be accomplished when 
sound leadership and hard work combine to pursue a specific goal. The 
win is a true credit to Coach Ryan and the entire CF community who 
rallied around these young men and helped them through till the final 
whistle.
  The team has made our community very proud and I know that it is a 
sign of more good things to come in the years ahead.

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