Three members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's basketball team recently received honors when the National Christian College Athletic Association East Region teams were announced.
Kenny Chaffin, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Marysville, Ohio, highlighted the list for the Cougars as he was named to the NCCAA East Region First Team and was the runner-up for Player of the Year honors. The former All-Ohioan at Marysville High School is averaging a team-high 22.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to go along with 55 blocked shots. Chaffin is shooting 56 percent from the field (275-of-491), 44.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc (43-of-97), and 76.2 percent from the free throw line (115-of-151). He has also set new school records this season for field goals made (275) and total points (708).
Matt Keller, a 6-foot senior point guard from Oak Harbor, Ohio, was named to the NCCAA East Region Second Team. The former star at Oak Harbor High School leads MVNC with 182 assists, and he is averaging 7.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Keller is shooting 42 percent from the field (70-of-168), 32.3 percent from three-point land (21-of-65), and 89 percent at the charity stripe (73-of-82).
Phil Argento, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Grafton, Ohio, joined Keller on the NCCAA East Region Second Team. The former All-Ohioan at Lutheran West High School leads the team with 104 three-pointers, and he is averaging 16.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Argento is shooting 45.2 percent from the field (182-of-403), 41.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc (104-of-252), and 68.7 percent at the free throw line (46-of-67).
The Cougars (18-14) will travel to Geneva (Pa.) College on Wednesday, March 7, for the NCCAA East Region championship game at 7:30 p.m. The winner will receive a berth in the NCCAA National Tournament in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.