Contact: Matthew Sligh
Men's Head Basketball Coach
Oct. 23, 2014
After a month of intense practice and a number of scrimmage games, including a pair at the acclaimed CBHoops JuCo Jam preseason event in Atlanta, the Motlow Bucks will open the 2014-15 basketball regular season when they host non-conference Snead State (AL) at Copperweld Arena on Friday, Oct. 31. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.
With the opening of his second season as head coach in Lynchburg on the horizon, Matt Sligh has recruited an outstanding group of newcomers to join four returning sophomores who contributed significantly to last year's success, including All-American point guard Dequon Miller. Expectations are high for a program that has won over 20 games in four of the previous seven seasons.
"Our team's focus early on has been to increase our toughness and togetherness," said Sligh. "We hope to vastly improve our ability to defend over last season, as well as play fast offensively.
"Our roster fits how we want to play on both ends of the floor, but now it's time to make it happen," Sligh continued. "I am thrilled to work with our returning players who have been through a full season and are hungry to improve on last year. In addition, we welcome a highly-competitive and talented group of new players who are used to winning."
The Bucks completed last season with a 14-14 record under Sligh. Motlow advanced to the semifinals of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) tournament before falling 122-121 in double overtime to eventual champion Columbia State.
The Bucks will follow their season opener on Halloween with another home game the following day. The Shooting-4-Greatness Academy from Raleigh, N.C., where Miller played a season before coming to Motlow, will visit Copperweld Arena on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m.
Motlow will open conference play when it hosts Jackson State on Friday, Nov. 7. Defending TCCAA champion Columbia State visits Copperweld Arena on Saturday, Nov. 8. The regular season will conclude Feb. 21, when the Bucks make their return trip to Columbia State. This year's TCCAA/Region VII Tournament will be held at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis beginning Mar. 3.
Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's 'The Ticket' sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe television channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.
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The Motlow Bucks will open their basketball season on Friday, Oct. 31, when they host Snead State at 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena. Seated from left: Clint Nwosuh, Houston, TX; Jahaad Lyons, Murfreesboro; Axel Magnuson, Clarksville; C.J. McEwen, Nashville; Dequon Miller, Charleston, WV; Jaylen Barford, Jackson, TN; Dezon Dozier, Nashville; and Montrez Van Zant, Winchester. Standing from left: Matt Joines, assistant coach; Cass Barnes, assistant coach; Jade Patrick, Nashville; Kytrel Williams, Memphis; Reggie Williams, Detroit; Seth McKelvey, North Charleston, SC; D'Andre Downey, Milwaukee, WI; Jordan Darden, Ashland City; Reid Pierce, Murfreesboro; Greg Mason, Washington D.C.; Terry Holt, Nashville; Matt Sligh, head coach; and Robert Hayes, assistant coach.