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No. 2 seed Motlow Bucks play Thursday at TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Memphis

March 2, 2015

The Motlow Bucks are the No. 2 seed in this week's TCCAA/Region VII Tournament and will play their first game on Thursday at 6 p.m. Motlow will face the winner of Tuesday's contest between No. 10 Volunteer State and No. 7 Cleveland State. The tournament is being played at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.

TCCAA/Region VII Men's Tournament Bracket

The Bucks (22-5, 14-4) finished second in the conference during the regular season and received a first-round bye in the tournament, despite losing their final regular season game 98-75 to Columbia State Saturday afternoon in Columbia. The Chargers (22-6, 14-4) are the No. 3 seed in the tournament, but Motlow wins the tiebreaker against Columbia due to the Bucks' win over No. 1 seed Southwest Tennessee during the regular season.

No. 8 Roane State and No. 9 Dyersburg State will also play on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to play Southwest Tennessee on Thursday at 2 p.m. Thursday's other contests pit No. 4 Chattanooga State vs. No. 5 Walters State at 4 p.m. and No. 3 Columbia State against No. 6 Jackson State at 8 p.m.

Thursday's four winners will advance to Friday's semifinals, scheduled for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The men's championship game will be Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

The Bucks played an excellent first half Saturday afternoon in Columbia and led 42-37 at intermission behind Jaylen Barford's 14 points and Reggie Williams 11. The Chargers took control in the second half though, starting with a 14-0 run coming out of the locker room to take a 51-42 lead. Motlow closed the gap to eight points a couple of times but could not get any closer.

Barford led Motlow with 28 points and added six rebounds and two steals. Dequon Miller scored 14 with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. Williams did not score in the second half and finished with 11 points and four rebounds. Additional scoring for the Bucks came from D'Andre Downey and Terry Holt with eight each, Kytrel Williams had five and Reid Pierce scored one point.

Columbia State post player Ramond Jenkins was sensational for the Chargers, scoring 23 points and hauling down 21 rebounds. T.J. Cromer led the Chargers with 25 points while T.J. Dunans added 14.

The winner of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament receives an automatic bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., beginning March 16. Due to their outstanding overall records; Motlow, Columbia and Southwest will each be considered for a 'wild-card' invitation to the national tournament if they don't win the TCCAA tournament.

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