MADISON, S.D. (playnorthstar.com) – Valley City State men’s basketball player Jalen Addison has been named North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

North Star Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player-of-the-Week
Jalen Addison – Valley City State (N.D.) – 6’2″ – Senior – guard – Milwaukee, Wis. – Addison led all scorers with a season-high 24 points and posted a game-high seven rebounds in Valley City State (N.D.) 78-69 regular-season finale victory at Dickinson State (N.D.).  He was 9-of-17 from the field (52.9 percent), including 3-of-5 3-pointers (60 percent).  Addison converted 3-of-5 free-throws.  He also recorded a steal and an assist in the game.

Recap from last week’s games
Bellevue (Neb.) secured the No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament after using a second-half surge to defeat Dakota state (S.D.) 73-62 on Feb. 18.  The Bruins improved to 17-13 overall record and 9-5 record in the North Star conference contests.  The Trojans dropped to 9-14 overall record and 7-7 NSAA conference record.

Valley City State (N.D.) pulled away past Dickinson State (N.D.) by the score of 78-69 in the final regular-season game on Feb. 19.  The Vikings, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 national poll, lifted their overall record to 18-6 and 9-5 NSAA conference record.  The Blue Hawks dropped to 9-16 overall record and 6-8 record in league games.

Mayville State (N.D.) at Presentation (S.D.) and Viterbo (Wis.) at Waldorf (Iowa) contests were canceled last week.  The Comets are 13-4 overall record and 10-3 in the conference, while the Saints are 4-22 overall record and 1-12 NSAA record.  The Warriors hold 5-16 overall record and 4-9 NSAA record and the V-Hawks are at 11-7 overall record and 8-5 NSAA conference record.

Looking Ahead This Week
The North Star Athletic Association men’s basketball postseason tournament gets underway on Tuesday evening with four opening round games.  No. 1 seed Mayville State (N.D.) welcomes No. 8 seed Presentation (S.D.), while No. 5 seed Dakota State (S.D.) travels to No. 4 seed Viterbo (Wis.).  No. 6 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) faces No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) in Valley City and No. 7 seed Waldorf (Iowa) takes on No. 2 seed Bellevue (Neb.) in Bellevue.

The semifinals round is set for Thursday, with winners advancing to the championship game at the highest remaining seed on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The winner of the North Sar Athletic Association men’s basketball postseason tournament will earn the automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament’s opening round on March 12-13.  The winner from the national tournament’s opening round will move on to the final site at the Municipal Gymnasium in Kansas City, Mo. on March 18-23.

Tuesday’s Games
North Star Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Postseason Tournament – Opening Round
No. 6 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) @ No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) – 7 p.m.
No. 7 seed Waldorf (Iowa) @ No. 2 seed Bellevue (Neb.) – 7:30 p.m.
No. 5 seed Dakota State (S.D.) @ No. 4 seed Viterbo (Wis.) – 7:30 p.m.
No. 8 seed Presentation (S.D.) @ No. 1 seed Mayville State (N.D.) – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Games
North Star Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Postseason Tournament – Semifinals
TBA at two highest remaining seeds – TBA

Saturday’s Game
North Star Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Postseason Tournament – Championship
TBA at highest seed remaining – 5 p.m.