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Bucks beat Crusaders, host conference rivals this weekend

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

LYNCHBURG  – The Motlow Bucks began the second half of their basketball season the same way they ended the first half, with a victory, when they traveled to Chattanooga and beat the Tennessee Temple JV team 80-66 on Saturday.

Motlow will jump back into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play this weekend when they host Dyersburg State on Friday and Southwest Tennessee on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at Copperweld Arena.

“We are excited to get back to conference play, especially hosting three key conference games during the next two weeks,” said Matt Sligh, head coach of the Bucks. “I see improvement in our team, and our upcoming opponents will provide an outstanding test for us.”

Dequon Miller continued his strong point-guard play in leading the Bucks past the Crusaders. Miller scored 22 points and dished out 11 assists, while adding four rebounds and three steals. Jordan Riley, Kentrell Southern and Reggie Williams each added 10 points for Motlow.

Trey James set the pace on the boards for the Bucks, hauling down 14 rebounds to go along with seven points and three blocked shots. Brandon Berridge played his first game of the season and had six points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.

The Bucks (6-8, 2-5) have now won two straight games, as their win over Tennessee Temple was preceded by a 65-64 win over Wallace State on Dec. 10 in Hanceville, Ala. Motlow has not played a TCCAA game since falling at Walters State 94-85 on Dec. 7.

“I want to encourage the Motlow community to come out and support our players this weekend, both Friday and Saturday,” added Sligh. “I am proud of our guys for continuing to work through a tough stretch to begin the season. We now have an opportunity to get back in the conference race. We would love to see great crowds on hand to support the players and we believe fans will enjoy what they see.”

Dyersburg State (4-8, 1-4) dropped a 94-72 decision to Columbia State on Saturday, Jan. 11. The Eagles are currently at the bottom of the TCCAA standings.

Southwest Tennessee (12-1, 6-1) is coached by Jerry Nichols, who spent four years at Motlow before leaving following the 2012-13 season. The Saluqis have won nine consecutive games, including a 73-68 win over previously undefeated Columbia State last weekend.

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