Motlow Heads Back To Hardwood

With the second half of the basketball season quickly approaching, the Motlow Bucks are in position to compete for their second regular-season conference championship in the past three years.
The Bucks (9-2, 7-0) resume action following a month-long holiday break when they host non-conference opponent Snead State on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tipoff for the men is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena. The Bucks edged the Parsons 72-68 back on Nov. 12 in Boaz, Ala.
Motlow currently stands alone at the top of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings, a full two games ahead of Cleveland State and Southwest Tennessee who each have two conference losses.
Head coach Jerry Nichols knows his team ended the first half of the season on a four-game winning streak, but he also realizes that regaining that momentum will not come easily.
Due to an expansion in the number of teams the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) will invite to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. in March, the Bucks have two opportunities to make it.
In past years the NJCAA tournament consisted of only the 16 tournament champions from its 16 regions across the country. Motlow plays in Region VII and has finished as tournament runner-up the past two seasons. In 2010-11 the Bucks won the regular season title, only to fall in the championship game to Chattanooga State. Last year Motlow lost a heartbreaking 56-53 decision to tournament champion Columbia State.
“The NJCAA has expanded its tournament to 24 teams now,” said Coach Nichols. “Four regular season region champions will be added as well as four wild card selections. Region VII is among the four regions that will send its regular season champion as well as its tournament champion to the national tournament this season. Those regions will rotate every season, but we were fortunate to be chosen in a random drawing to be one of the first four regions in this new format.”
The TCCAA/Region VII Tournament will be held at Motlow this season, beginning Tuesday, Mar. 5 and ending with both men’s and women’s champions being crowned on Saturday, Mar. 9 at Copperweld Arena.