The Rend Lake College mens basketball team opened the NJCAA Division II Championships with a 98-75 win against Cecil College late Tuesday night.
Woodlawn graduate Bronson Verhines led the Warriors with 18 points and added 15 rebounds. He was one of five Rend Lake players in double figures. His brother, Dawson, added 12 points. Noel Allen, Cortez Macklin and Montez Buford also were in double figures scoring.
Rend Lake shot 49 percent from the field as a team and racked up huge advantages against Cecil in bench points (41 to 10) and points in the paint (62 to 22).
Rend Lake faces South Suburban at 8 p.m. Wednesday.