March 11, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 58

GCC falls in back-and-forth district final, 81-75

IRONWOOD ā€” No matter how good the season, the ending still stings.

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The Gogebic Community College Samsons came up six points short of the national tournament, losing 81-75 to Central Community College of Columbus, Neb., on Sunday.

The Samsons completed a special season at 23-5, winning two thrilling Region 13 games in front of huge crowds in Ironwood while capturing its first Region title since 2011. The biggest crowd of all arrived Sunday to see a back-and-forth nailbiting NJCAA Division II District 7 championship game won by Central (18-13).

ā€œIā€™m disappointed we lost,ā€ said GCC sop...