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Former Northwest Star Named National Player of the Week

The NJCAA national office has announced that former Northwest Jaguar, and Penn Highlands Community College freshman forward Tim Biakapia has been named the Division III National Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of February 6 through February 12.

During the week, Biakapia averaged 25.5 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 2.5 blocks per game. In two games, Biakapia shot 79.2 percent from the field making 19 or 24 shots. He also made all 13 free throws taken that week. Penn Highlands went 2-0 over that span with both wins coming against conference opponents.

“Tim has made such a huge impact on our team this year as a freshman,” Black Bears Head Coach Landon Loya said. “He is extremely versatile, has a good attitude, and most importantly, is a great teammate. He has truly been a pleasure to coach this year.”

Currently, Biakapia is ranked 11th in the nation in rebounds averaging 11.1 rebounds per game, 17th in the nation in field goal percentage at 59.5 percent, and 25th in the nation in points – scoring 21.6 points per game.

“With Tim stepping up and playing big minutes as a freshman, combined with a talented group of sophomores led by Tony Acrie, [Altoona HS] and Jake Lushko [Richland HS], it has been a great year for our team,” Loya said.

Penn Highlands is located in Johnstown, Pa., and recently finished their regular season with a 12-10 record, including a 9-3 conference record. The Black Bears received a first round bye and will host a second round home conference playoff game this Saturday, Feb. 18, at the East Hills Recreation gym at 2:00 pm. They face the winner of the Western Pennsylvania Athletic Association first round matchup between Westmoreland County Community College and CCAC-Boyce.


Top: Tim Biakapia (5), former Northwest Jaguar, has been named DIII National Player of the Week thanks to his performance in two games with the Penn Highlands Community College Blackbears from February 6 – 12.

Next: Biakapia (5) averaged 25.5 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 2.5 blocks per game during the two game span.

Photos by Sean McCool, provided by Penn Highlands Community College.