Men's Basketball 2014-2015 Season News


J.T. Burton Named Men's Head Basketball Coach at Motlow College

June 4, 2015

Former St. Catharine College head coach and University of Tennessee assistant coach James Tyler "J.T." Burton has been named the new men's basketball head coach at Motlow College, according to Athletic Director Tori Raby-Gentry. Burton will begin his duties immediately.

J.T. Burton
Burton spent the past season as the Director of Player Development at Tennessee under former Volunteer head coach Donnie Tyndall. His season in Knoxville followed a highly successful six-year stint as head coach at St. Catharine in his hometown of Springfield, Ky., where he compiled a 95-80 record. During his coaching tenure the school transitioned from a two-year to a four-year institution, playing on the NAIA level and joining the Mid-South Conference.

"We are delighted to have J.T. as our new head coach," said Raby-Gentry. "I'm confident in the experience he brings in coaching, recruiting and helping student athletes to grow and succeed. He is a demanding coach with high expectations for his players both on and off the court. We are excited for the upcoming season."

He takes over a Motlow program that finished 23-6 last season and 37-20 in two seasons under former head coach Matt Sligh, who resigned in March to become an assistant at Missouri State University, ironically located in Springfield, Mo.

Burton boasts more than 15 years of college coaching experience after playing college basketball at St. Catharine from 1995-97, when the Patriots were a two-year school and a member of the Tennessee Junior/Community College Athletic Association, now known as the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA).

Tyndall, who was relieved of his duties at Tennessee in March, coached one season at St. Catharine, and with Burton as a guard led the 1996-97 Patriots to a 30-5 record and the school's first trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.

Burton received his bachelor's degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1999 and his master's degree from Campbellsville University in 2005. He and his wife, Carla, have two daughters, Alexis and Jada.

Following his graduation from Tennessee Wesleyan, he returned to St. Catharine as an assistant coach for one season, followed by one season as an assistant at Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College.

Burton was the head coach of the Washington County High School girls team in Springfield from 2003-07, where his teams averaged 17 wins per season and made a quarterfinal appearance in the 2005 Kentucky girls basketball state tournament.

After spending the 2007-08 season as an assistant men's coach at St. Catharine, he was promoted to head coach the following year. He was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 after the Patriots compiled a 24-10 record and advanced to the NAIA national tournament. The Patriots had three 20-win seasons under Burton and made another national tournament appearance in 2014, when they advanced to the quarterfinals.

Burton inherits a Motlow program that has won over 20 games in five of the previous eight seasons under four different head coaches, three of which have gone on to become assistant coaches at Division I universities. In addition to Sligh at Missouri State, former coach Mike Brown is the associate head coach at Eastern Michigan and Bobby Steinburg is an assistant at Kent State University.

Motlow's Dequon Miller signs National Letter of Intent to continue career at Missouri State University

April 16, 2015

Motlow sophomore basketball player Dequon Miller recently signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his student-athlete career at Missouri State University. Joining Miller for the ceremony, left to right; Robert Hayes, Motlow assistant coach, Dequon, little Kali Miller, Kayla Pope, and Tori Raby-Gentry, Motlow director of athletics. Motlow College photo.

Matt Sligh leaves Motlow to become an assistant coach at Missouri State University

March 26, 2015

After two successful seasons as men's head basketball coach at Motlow College, Matt Sligh left to become an assistant coach at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Matt Sligh
Sligh was hired at Motlow during the summer of 2013 after former Motlow head coach Jerry Nichols accepted the head coaching position at fellow Tennessee Community College Athletic Association member Southwest Tennessee. Sligh had spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and had recruited multiple Motlow players to WJC.

He became the 11th coach for the Bucks since the school began playing men's basketball in 1969, and inherited one of the nation's most successful junior/community college programs over the previous half-dozen years. Sligh has upheld that winning tradition, following a 14-14 campaign in his first season with last year's 23-6 team that finished second in the conference during the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the TCCAA tournament.

"I am thankful for the opportunity President Apple and Athletic Director Tori Raby-Gentry gave me at Motlow College," said Sligh. "I appreciate the young men who allowed me to coach them over the past two seasons, and for my volunteer coaches who sacrificed so much for the good of our players. We have been blessed by many in the college and local community who supported our student-athletes through numerous ways to enable us to achieve success both on and off the court."

If all or most of Motlow's freshman return for their sophomore season, then the 12th head coach in program history will inherit a quality roster that should once again compete for the conference title. Among the returning players is Jaylen Barford, who had one of the greatest freshman seasons in school history, averaged over 20 points per game and was named an All-American, and Terry Holt, who averaged over 10 points and five rebounds per contest.

Motlow freshman Jaylen Barford named NJCAA All-American

April 1, 2015

Jackson native Jaylen Barford became the fifth Motlow College men's basketball player in the past seven years to be honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association as an All-American when the organization's annual list was announced recently.

Jaylen Barford
Motlow College freshman Jaylen Barford was named an honorable mention All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Barford, a 6-3 guard who played his high school basketball at Jackson South Side, joins an elite group of only 11 Motlow Bucks to be named All-American since the school began playing basketball in 1969. The most recent honoree prior to Barford was Dequon Miller last season. Miller actually had more impressive statistics this past year than he had last season, but was somehow passed over by the NJCAA.

Barford's numbers were certainly worthy of a spot on the honorable mention team. He averaged 20.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Barford connected on 52.5% of his field goal attempts and 70% of his free throw opportunities.

The high-flying freshman provided Copperweld Arena crowds with some of the most dramatic moments during Motlow's 23-6 season, including a last-second steal and two made free throws to beat Southwest Tennessee 76-75 on Feb. 14.

Barford scored a personal best 33 points on Nov. 7 in a 104-95 win over Jackson State and had four double-doubles on the season. He played some of his best basketball during Motlow's biggest games. In addition to his heroics at the end of the Southwest Tennessee game, he scored 22 points with 11 rebounds in an early season win over eventual conference champion Columbia State; and had 32 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in Motlow's 105-94 loss to the Chargers in the TCCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

Previous Motlow College players and the year they were named All-Americans are: Jack Battle, 1973; Bob Martin, 1975; Billy Holt, 1978; Mike Dailey, 1982; Tim Fant, 1990; John Gales, 1995; Tim Williams, 2009; Freddie Goldstein, 2010 and 2011; and Miller in 2014.

Barford, who is being heavily recruited by dozens of Division I universities, leads a talented group of freshmen, who, if they all return to Motlow for their sophomore seasons should give the Bucks one of the state's best rosters. The group includes Terry Holt, Jordan Darden and Reid Pierce. Each started multiple games last year

Dequon Miller commits to Missouri State

March 23, 2015
by Zach Birdsong
, Tullahoma News

Heading into his collegiate career, Dequon Miller found himself with no offers to play basketball anywhere.

Dequon Miller
That changed when Matt Sligh, who had just been hired as Motlow's coach, called during the summer of 2013.

Fast forward two years and the letters kept piling up for the Bucks point guard, as he made a name for himself on the court. After his freshman season in 2014, Miller was named an All-American, only the 10th in school history, and was touted as one of the premier junior college point guards in the nation.

After electing to stay at Motlow for his sophomore season, the question then became where would Miller sign once the Bucks' season concluded. After teasing his decision on social media for some time Miller cleared things up when he verbally committed to Missouri State University on Tuesday evening. He will officially sign on April 15.

His decision comes after several mid-major and major colleges had been looking at the 5-foot-10 point guard. Included in those schools were West Virginia, Marquette, Missouri and Tennessee.

Because Miller had been receiving attention from several programs, Missouri State did not start its recruiting process until earlier this month.

"Missouri State came in late and Paul Lusk, the head coach, was recruiting me," Miller said. "They came to me after the Columbia State game, it was Coach [Jermaine] Henderson. He said that they had just lost their 20-point man and they wanted me to be that guy. So the head coach started recruiting me immediately."

This past season, Missouri State racked up an overall record of 11-20, but lost its play-in game to get into the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The team averaged just 59.7 points per contest and did not have a player who averaged more than 10 points per game.

"He [Coach Lusk] called my phone and said he wanted to do an in-home visit with me," Miller said. "He came down to my house and showed me how he was going to let me play in his offense. He was going to let me get up and down the floor, take shots. He wanted me to score the basketball and get other people involved. Basically, what I did at Motlow, that's what he wanted me to do. Get others involved and score the basketball."

The Bucks saw their 2014-15 season close by way of a 104-95 loss to Columbia State during the TCCAA Tournament in Memphis on March 6. The 23-6 mark that Motlow finished with this year was the seventh-most wins in school history. The record of 28 victories happened during the 2007-08 season and the Bucks have won over 20 games in five of the last eight seasons.

This year's squad was also the highest-scoring team in Motlow history, averaging 95.2 points per contest. The record had previously been held by the school's 1990-91 team, which put up 94.9 points per game.

While this year's Bucks team accomplished a lot, Miller said he was left with a bad taste in his mouth after losing to Columbia State for the second consecutive year in the TCCAA Tournament. After his freshman season, the Bucks lost a 122-121 matchup in double overtime to the Chargers.

Miller said he'll continue to use that as motivation and heads into his Missouri State career hungrier than ever. He's willing to make the strides that he needs to in order to succeed at the next level.

"That still hurts. I'm not going to lie, that hurt because I played my heart out both years," he said. "It didn't end the way I wanted it to, but you've got to move on eventually. Hopefully I can be in the big dance next year or the next two years and try to get an NCAA Championship.

"It makes you hungry. That's why you've got to be in that gym nonstop," he added. "This next year, I know there are going to be some monsters. I've got to be prepared for everything. I've got to start doing stuff that I've never done before. I'll have to come in two hours early before practice putting up shots. Then after we finish practice, putting up more shots and doing a whole of extra stuff. So I'm going to get ready for that and be prepared for all of that stuff."

While looking at where he would go, Miller said his real motivation was finding a school that fit his playing style. He said he leaned on his uncle, Josh "Cookie" Miller for advice. Cookie played at Nebraska before transferring to Miami (Ohio).

"When he got to Nebraska, he didn't really get to play the game that he wanted to play. My biggest thing was to go somewhere where I'm going to fit in. Whether it's high major or mid-major, you've got to go somewhere where it's the best fit for you and what's best for you and your family," he said. "You go somewhere where you are going to make an impact and be special."

With his junior college career wrapped up, Miller will undoubtedly go down as one of the best players to ever don a Bucks jersey, etching his name into the school's record book numerous times.

The sophomore can lay claim to being Motlow's all-time leader in 3-pointers made, knocking down 157 3-balls in his two-year career. The previous mark of 152 was set by John Gales in 1993-95.

Miller also finishes second all-time on the school's assists per game, averaging eight per contest. He is third in all-time assists totaling 440 for his career. Miller's average assists per contest is second only to Larry Mackin's 9.7 per game, which was set in 1972-74. Mackin dished out 584 assists, while Chris Bateman had 476 dimes in 1986-88.

Miller's 19.9 points per contest is fifth all-time in the Motlow history books, but he finishes sixth in total points, 1,097. Tim Fant is the school's scoring leader with 1,551 points, done in 1988-90, and he averaged 26.7 points a game.

Miller also got it done on the defensive end, with 2.2 steals per contest, good enough for sixth all-time at the school. His 123 picks are fifth most at Motlow. Mackin is the school's all-time leader with 153 steals but DeShawn Bowman is Motlow's leader in average, with 2.8 picks per contest in between 2000-02.

Miller said he is grateful for the opportunity to have been a member of the Motlow men's squad.

"I enjoyed my two years out here. It was special and it was a blessing to even be playing out here," he said. "At the end of the two years, it was great. That was my first time ever going over 1,000 points. I got to do that and play for a great head coach. The community showed me love. Everybody did."

Bucks' hoop season ends with semifinal loss in Memphis

March 10, 2015

For the second consecutive year the Motlow Bucks' basketball season came to a disappointing end in the semifinals of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament with a loss to eventual state champion Columbia State.

Last year the Chargers needed double overtime to defeat the Bucks in the tournament semifinals in Harriman. This year was not as dramatic as Columbia State broke a 69-69 tie with 10 minutes to play and pulled away to a 105-94 victory in Memphis Friday night. Columbia won its second consecutive state championship by beating Southwest Tennessee Saturday afternoon, and will compete in the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., beginning Monday.

With his second season at Motlow now over, Head Coach Matt Sligh found it tough to accept, though he realizes that the team that made the most plays Friday won the game.

"We played outstanding on Thursday and battled hard Friday," said Sligh. "Ultimately, our inability to produce in the paint, rebound, protect the rim, and finish plays cost us. We had several players battle hard, but Columbia State made more plays, hit more shots, and dominated the boards. We settled for some shots that we would like to have back, and couldn't get stops when we needed them. It was a high-level game with incredible talent on both sides, and we certainly wish it would have ended differently."

The Bucks (23-6) advanced to the semifinals with a dominating 94-77 win over Cleveland State on Thursday in the tournament quarterfinals. Motlow received a first-round bye after finishing in second place during the regular season.

The 23 wins are the seventh-most by a men's basketball team in the school's 45-year hoops history. The record of 28 wins was set during the 2007-08 season, and the Bucks have won over 20 games in five of the previous eight seasons under four different head coaches. This year's team is the highest scoring squad in school history, averaging 95.2 points per game. The old record of 94.9 was set during the 1990-91 season.

"It's been a tough few days coming to grips that our season is over," Sligh continued. "I am thankful for the opportunity to coach such a talented group of players. I hate to see the careers end of our sophomores who have given so much to me, our school and this program. The players who came in two years ago with the challenge of completely rebuilding our program, with limited resources, deserve to be recognized for their commitment and ability to return Motlow basketball to region and national significance."

Friday's loss featured multiple lead changes and ties, with Columbia State racing out to a 24-17 lead with 11:30 left to play in the first half. The Bucks fought back though, led by three first-half 3-pointers from Clint Nwosuh, and led 46-43 at intermission.

Motlow extended its lead to 59-53 with 16 minutes left in the game, but the Chargers went on a 9-1 run and led the Bucks 62-60 at the 14:11 mark. Dequon Miller hit a three-pointer with 11:50 remaining to tie the score 67-67. With 10 minutes left to play and the score tied at 69, the Chargers went on a 16-4 run and led 85-73 with 5:45 showing on the game clock.

Miller hit another three to close the gap to 92-86 with 2:15 to play, but Columbia State held firm and finished off the Bucks to advance to the national tournament for the second year in a row.

Depth was a critical issue for Motlow late in the season when it lost sophomore post player Greg Mason with a hand injury. Columbia State took advantage of its superior depth and outscored the Motlow bench 56-4. The Chargers also won the rebounding battle 47-37.

Freshman Jaylen Barford led the Bucks in scoring with 32 points, adding nine rebounds and four assists. Miller hit 6-13 from behind the three-point line and scored 29 points with 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Nwosuh added 22 points, including 4-8 three-pointers.

Motlow dominated Cleveland State during Thursday's quarterfinal contest, jumping out front with a Miller three-pointer in the first 30 seconds and never trailing. The Bucks led only 44-37 at halftime, but opened the second half on a 34-14 run and coasted to the victory.

Reggie Williams scored eight of Motlow's first 15 points and led the Bucks with 22 points. Miller hit 5-7 three-pointers and scored 20 with 11 assists, Barford had 17 points and Terry Holt scored 15.

Miller and Barford were named first team All-TCCAA, while Nwosuh and D'Andre Downey were selected for the second team.

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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.


Barford beats Buzzer as Bucks knock off Saluqis

Feb. 19, 2015

Freshman Jaylen Barford knocked down a pair of free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining and the No. 16 Motlow Bucks beat No. 11 Southwest Tennessee 76-75 Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena. It was the final home game of the season for Motlow.

Jaylen Barford
Motlow freshman Jaylen Barford slams home a dunk during the Bucks' 76-75 win over Southwest Tennessee at Copperweld Arena. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (21-4, 13-3) are now alone in second place behind Southwest Tennessee in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) and will travel to third-place Columbia State (20-6, 12-4) on Saturday, Feb. 28. Motlow's games at Jackson State, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18, but postponed due to inclement weather, will now be played on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Jackson.

The Saluqis and Bucks put on a basketball display that more than lived up to the hype of two nationally-ranked squads squaring off. The game had multiple ties and lead changes, and the final-second heroics by Barford came after the Saluqis had apparently sealed the win by making two free throws with three seconds left.

However, Barford stole the inbounds pass and broke for the basket, getting fouled in the process. Barford, who is among the top freshman players in the country, calmly stepped to the foul line and made both free throws as the season's loudest Copperweld Arena crowd roared its approval.

After trailing 23-21 with nine minutes to play in the first half, the Bucks went on an 11-0 run to take a 32-23 lead over the next 2:30. Southwest recovered though, outscoring the Bucks 17-10 the rest of the first half, which ended with the Bucks leading 42-40.

With the scored tied 73-73 with two minutes remaining, neither team could score until Barford went to the foul line with 6.5 seconds left and hit 1-2 to give Motlow a 74-73 lead. Southwest's Earl Bryant then hit two free throws with three seconds left, leading to Barford's game-winning heroics.

The Bucks overcame a tough 4-24 shooting night from behind the three-point line by stealing the ball 17 times. Motlow hit 41% of its shots from the floor, while the Saluqis connected on 53% from the field and 10-21 three-pointers.

Barford led all scorers with 28 points and added four rebounds, four assists and three steals. D'Andre Downey added 17 points with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and Dequon Miller scored 13 points with seven assists and three steals.

Motlow hosts Southwest TN Saturday in nationally-ranked men's matchup

Feb. 12, 2015

The nation's ninth-ranked Southwest Tennessee Saluqis will try and complete a regular season sweep over No. 22 Motlow on Saturday when the Bucks and Lady Bucks host SWTN at Copperweld Arena. Sophomores on both Motlow teams will be recognized between games after the women tip things off at 2 p.m.

Dequon Miller
Motlow sophomore Dequon Miller rises over a Dyersburg State defender and shoots the 3-pointer that allowed him to become only the sixth Motlow player to score over 1,000 points for his career. Miller finished the game with 24 points. Photo by Zach Birdsong.
The Bucks (20-4, 12-3) are fresh off a 113-103 win over Dyersburg State on Wednesday, giving Motlow its fifth 20-win season in the past eight years. The Bucks are currently tied with Columbia State for second place in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings, right behind the Saluqis.

The Bucks, playing without post players Greg Mason and D'Andre Downey, leaned on their perimeter game against Dyersburg State and the outside shooters were more than up to the task. The four starting guards; Dequon Miller, Jaylen Barford, Terry Holt and Clint Nwosuh, combined for 89 of Motlow's 113 points.

Miller became the sixth Motlow men's player in history to score over 1,000 points for a career when he connected on a three-point basket with 13:30 remaining in the second half. The bucket came at a great time for the Bucks, as the visiting Eagles had cut Motlow's 10-point halftime lead to eight.

Motlow started the game very fast, with Holt hitting five first-half threes and Barford scoring 19 first-half points. Despite leading 41-24 with nine minutes to play in the half, the Bucks allowed the visitors to stay close until the final minute. Dyersburg's Virgil Davison, who leads the conference with a 21.7 points-per-game average, was the primary reason the Eagles stayed close as he went off for 36 points.

After being held to nine points in the first half, Miller came alive and dropped in 15 after intermission, including 8-10 free throws. Holt hit all six of his free throws after halftime and Nwosuh had nine points in the final 20 minutes. The Bucks hit 11 3-pointers in the first half and 15 for the game.

Barford led Motlow with 27 points and added five rebounds, four assists and a monster windmill slam dunk. Holt may have had the best game of his career as he finished with 25 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Miller scored 24 and added five assists and four rebounds, and Nwosuh scored 13 with four rebounds and three assists.

Fifth starter Jordan Darden scored seven points and had six rebounds and two blocked shots. Reggie Williams hit three 3-pointers and had nine points, Reid Pierce scored five points, and Kytrel Williams added three.

Motlow will finish the regular season with a trip to Jackson State on Wednesday and Columbia State on Saturday. The TCCAA/Region VII Tournament will begin March 3 at Southwest Tennessee in Memphis.

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Miller eyes 1,000-point mark as No. 20 Bucks host Dyersburg State Wednesday

Feb. 9, 2015

Sophomore Dequon Miller could become only the sixth player in Motlow Bucks basketball history to score 1,000 career points when the Bucks host Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Dyersburg State Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

Dequon Miller
Motlow sophomore Dequon Miller launches a three-point shot during an early season contest at Copperweld Arena. Miller needs only 11 more points to become the sixth player in Motlow men's basketball history to score 1,000 points during a career. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (19-4, 11-3) split a pair of games over the weekend, beating Roane State 90-88 Friday night in Harriman and dropping a 101-91 decision to Walters State Saturday afternoon in Morristown. Motlow's final home game of the 2014-15 season will be Saturday when Southwest Tennessee visits for sophomore recognition day.

Miller, a 5-10 point guard from Charleston, WV, scored 585 points during his freshman season and has 404 points so far this year, putting him 11 points away from 1,000. It has been 20 years since John Gales became the fifth player to join the 1,000-point club at Motlow during the 1994-95 season. The all-time career scoring leader is Tim Fant, who accumulated 1,551 points from 1988-90.

The school record of 152 career 3-point shots made, held by Gales, is also in jeopardy as Miller has connected on 141 3-pointers during his outstanding career.

After leading 46-41 at halftime Friday night against Roane State, the Bucks needed a game-winning shot from D’Andre Downey to escape Harriman with the narrow win. Motlow connected on only 42% of its shots from the field, but hit 15-17 free throws.

Reggie Williams led six double-figure scorers for the Bucks with 19 points and four rebounds. Downey scored 16 and had 11 rebounds with four blocked shots, Miller scored 14 with nine assists and four rebounds, Terry Holt had 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals; and Jaylen Barford and Clint Nwosuh each added 13 points.

Despite 30 points from Miller on Saturday, including six 3-pointers, the Bucks were never able to get ahead of Walters State after trailing 52-40 at intermission. Motlow shot the ball well, especially from 3-point range where they hit 18-35, but the Bucks got out-rebounded 50-31.

Miller added six rebounds, six assists and three steals to his game-high point total. Holt poured in 21 points and hit seven 3-point shots. It marked the second time this season that Holt, a freshman from Nashville, has hit seven 3-pointers in a game, which is sixth on the all-time single game Motlow record list.

Barford and Nwosuh each scored 13, with Barford dishing out eight assists and adding four steals. Williams hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Admission is free to all Motlow College athletic contests, and the public is invited and encouraged to come to Copperweld Arena on Wednesday and Saturday to watch the nationally-ranked Bucks in their final home appearances. Both games will also be broadcast live on The Ticket sports radio 105.1 FM and www.theticketradio.com.

No. 20 Motlow Bucks notch third win in four days, remain unbeaten at Copperweld Arena

Feb. 3, 2015

The Motlow Bucks played and won their third game in the last four days when they hosted and beat the Bryan College junior varsity squad 118-55 Monday night at Copperweld Arena. The Bucks, ranked No. 20 in the latest national poll, have not lost at home this season, winning all 12 of their contests in Lynchburg.

The non-conference win over the visiting Lions came on the heels of a weekend sweep by the Bucks (18-3, 10-2) over Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) opponents. Motlow hosted and beat Cleveland State 87-79 Friday night and Chattanooga State 103-90 on Saturday.

The Bucks will now embark on what is annually one of the most difficult road trips of the season. Motlow will head to East Tennessee this weekend, playing at Roane State Friday night and Walters State on Saturday. The Bucks beat Roane 119-85 and Walters 74-69 at Copperweld Arena back in early December. Both Motlow teams return home on Wednesday, Feb. 11, to host Dyersburg State.

Friday night's win over Cleveland State saw the Bucks struggle early and fall behind 41-38 at halftime. In the final 20 minutes though, Motlow picked up its shooting percentage, finishing the game making 52% of its shots.

Dequon Miller scored 28 points and added seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Jaylen Barford had 25 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals. D’Andre Downey scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Clint Nwosuh added 12 points, while Greg Mason scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Saturday afternoon as Motlow College celebrated Homecoming, the Bucks jumped on visiting Chattanooga State early and never let up. Motlow led 12-5 just four minutes into the contest and extended that lead to 51-32 at halftime.

To the visiting Tigers' credit though, they closed the gap to 85-76 with 3:45 remaining, but the Bucks nailed their free throws in the final minutes to seal the win. Motlow connected on 33-44 free throws for the game after making just 5-8 in the first half.

Barford led the scoring Saturday with 28 points while adding nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Downey scored 25 points with 14 rebounds, eight blocked shots and five assists; Nwosuh hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points; and Miller added 17 points with six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Monday's contest against visiting Bryan College was no contest at all as the Bucks ran away from the Lions early and never looked back. The 118 points scored by the Bucks tied the school record for the ninth-most points ever scored by a Bucks team. It had been done three other times, with the last coming in 2009 against Hiwassee. The school record for points in a game is 138, scored in 1994 against Chattanooga State.

Everybody got into the scoring column against Bryan, with Miller leading the way with 22 points. Nwosuh added 18, Downey had 17, Reggie Williams scored 16, Reid Pierce had 11, Terry Holt had 11, Barford scored 11, Kytrel Williams had nine, and Montrez Van Zant added three points.

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Clint Nwosuh shoots Motlow Bucks past Volunteer State

Jan. 26, 2015

Sophomore Clint Nwosuh set a new school record by connecting on 11 three-point shots to lead the No. 27-ranked Motlow Bucks to a 116-104 win over Volunteer State Saturday afternoon in Gallatin.

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Motlow sophomore Clint Nwosuh, pictured from a game earlier this season, set a new school record by making 11 three-point shots to lead the Bucks to a win over Volunteer State on Saturday. Nwosuh scored 37 points, the most by a Motlow player in five years, as the Bucks, ranked No. 27 in the nation, raised their season record to 15-3. Photo by Jeff Reed.
Nwosuh, who finished the game with 37 points, hit 11-16 attempts from beyond the 3-point line, breaking the previous record of 10 in a game set first in 1990 by Motlow's all-time leading scorer Tim Fant, and matched in 1994 by Jeff Taylor. The 37 points Nwosuh scored ties him at No. 10 all-time for points in a single game, along with Freddie Goldstein, who scored 37 points in a game in 2010.

As a team the Bucks hit 19-43 three-pointers, an outstanding 44%, with teammates Dequon Miller connecting on 4-9 and Reggie Williams hitting 3-8. Historically, the number of three-point shots attempted and made in a single game has not been recorded, but many believe the 43 attempts and 19 makes on Saturday are also all-time highs.

The Bucks (15-3, 8-2) will now return to their home court for the first time since Jan. 6, when they host Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Cleveland State Friday night. On Saturday, Chattanooga State will visit Copperweld Arena as part of the Motlow College 2015 Homecoming celebration. Tipoff Friday for the Bucks is 7:30 p.m. and Saturday's contest is scheduled to tip at 4 p.m.

Miller added his name to the Motlow record book again with 16 assists, the fifth-most in a single game in school history, along with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals. His is now second in the nation with a 9.3 assists-per-game ratio. Jaylen Barford also scored 21 points Saturday, adding five rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

Greg Mason scored nine points and had eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. D'Andre Downey scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds with five blocked shots, Williams scored nine and had two assists, Jordan Darden added four points and five rebounds, Kytrel Williams had three points and Terry Holt scored two.

The Bucks took their first lead 10-9 early in the game and led 56-49 at halftime, with Nwosuh connecting on five of his 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes. Motlow dished out an amazing 35 assists on their 43 made shots for the game.

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Road trip continues for Motlow Bucks after weekend split

Jan. 20, 2015

The basketball season's longest road trip will conclude on Saturday when the Motlow Bucks and Lady Bucks travel to Gallatin for a pair of contests against Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Volunteer State. Tipoff for the women's game is scheduled for 2 p.m., with the men to follow.

The Bucks (14-3, 7-2) are coming off a weekend trip to West Tennessee where they split a pair of conference games. On Friday, Motlow rode a career-high 24 points from sophomore Reggie Williams to a 114-97 win over Dyersburg State in Dyersburg.

The trip continued to Memphis on Saturday, where the No. 24-ranked Bucks ran into Southwest Tennessee, the nation's eighth-ranked team. The Saluqis proved themselves to be worthy of their ranking with a 96-74 win over the Bucks.

Williams was one of five double-figure scorers for the Bucks Friday night in Dyersburg. Motlow led by five at halftime, then pulled away in the second half behind outstanding (43%) three-point shooting. Williams connected on 6-11 from behind the arc and added four rebounds and three steals.

He was joined in double figures by Dequon Miller with 21 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds and five steals. Miller's 14 assists were the fifth-most in a single game in Motlow school history. The record is 19, set by Larry Macklin in 1974 and tied by Joe Gaskins in 1980.

Clint Nwosuh had 19 points, four rebounds and five assists; D'Andre Downey added 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots; Jaylen Barford scored 13 points with seven rebounds and 10 assists; and Greg Mason pulled down 10 rebound with seven points.

Saturday's marquee matchup with Southwest Tennessee did not quite live up to the pregame hype as the Bucks brought a cold shooting hand to Memphis, hitting only 35% of their shots from the floor, including making only 4-24 from three-point range.

The Saluqis, coached by former Motlow head coach Jerry Nichols, lit their home gym up by shooting 52% from the field and connecting on 50% of their 3-point attempts. Southwest led 53-36 at the half and were never seriously threatened, although the Bucks did win the rebounding battle 50-44.

Barford led Motlow with 29 points, along with 14 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Downey scored 12 points with nine rebounds and five blocks, Miller had 11 points with five rebounds and 10 assists. Mason was solid once again, scoring eight points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

The Bucks and Saluqis will match up again on Valentine's Day at Copperweld Arena. The TCCAA tournament, scheduled for the first week in March, will be held at the Southwest Tennessee gym in Memphis.

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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Bucks, Downey 'Block' Wallace State, prepare for conference road trip

Jan. 13, 2015

Sophomore D'Andre Downey blocked an amazing 10 shots, and added 15 rebounds, to help lead the Motlow Bucks to an 84-68 win over Wallace State in Hanceville, Ala., last Thursday. Downey has 66 blocked shots this season, the fifth-most in a single season in Motlow's 45-year basketball history.

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Motlow's D'Andre Downey (33), shown from a game against Roane State earlier this season, blocked 10 shots and pulled down 15 rebounds in the Bucks' 84-68 win over Wallace State on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Reed.
The Bucks (13-2, 6-1) will return to Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play this weekend when they travel to Dyersburg State Friday night and Southwest Tennessee on Saturday.

Friday's game in Dyersburg, scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m., will be Motlow's first TCCAA contest since Dec. 6, when they beat Walters State 74-69 at Copperweld Arena. It will be the first conference road game since Nov. 22, when the Bucks lost to Chattanooga State 81-73.

Downey is currently third in the nation in blocked shots, and although individual blocks in a game has not been recorded historically in the Motlow College record books, it is possible Downey's 10 against Wallace could be the most in a single game in school history. Bob Martin holds the single-season record of 153 blocked shots set during the 1974-75 season.

The Bucks, ranked No. 26 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, pulled away from Wallace State in the second half after being tied 31-31 with the Lions at intermission. Wallace State was ranked in the preseason poll but has not yet lived up to expectations. Motlow beat the Lions 76-70 back on Nov. 25 at Copperweld Arena.

Motlow had four double-digit scorers in the win against the Lions, led by Jaylen Barford with 20 and Dequon Miller with 18. Barford added eight rebounds and five assists, while Miller had six assists, five steals and four rebounds.

Greg Mason came off the Motlow bench to record a double-double, scoring 10 points and hauling down 11 rebounds. Reggie Williams hit 3-5 from behind the 3-point line and added 10 points and five rebounds. Terry Holt scored eight points with eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots, Clint Nwosuh had seven points and three rebounds, and Downey added seven points to his stat line.

The Bucks dominated the boards, outrebounding the Lions 61-32 and recorded 13 blocked shots and 13 steals. Motlow shot only 44% from the field and connected on 7-20 three-point shots, but had one of their best games shooting free throws as they hit 21-28.

Dyersburg State (4-8, 1-4) has played five games since Dec. 6, but results of those contests are not available on the school or conference web site. The Eagles' lone conference victory came against Walters State on Nov. 15.

Saturday's contest in Memphis against Southwest Tennessee, scheduled for a 4 p.m. tipoff, is one of the premier matchups in the country this weekend. The Saluqis (12-1, 6-0), coached by former Motlow head coach Jerry Nichols, are currently ranked No. 6 in the nation and stand alone at the top of the TCCAA men's standings.

The road trip continues for Motlow the following weekend with a trip to Gallatin to face Volunteer State. Both Motlow teams will finally return home when they host Cleveland State on Friday, Jan. 30, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

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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Bucks open second half with rout, tough road trip on tap

Jan. 7, 2015

The Motlow Bucks, ranked No. 26 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll, shook off the rust of three weeks without a game by hosting and beating the Martin Methodist College JV team 128-89 Tuesday night at Copperweld Arena.

The Bucks (12-2, 6-1) will continue a stretch of three straight non-conference games when they join the Lady Bucks and travel to Hanceville, Ala., on Thursday, Jan. 8, to face national power Wallace State.

The non-conference stretch concludes on Saturday when the Bucks host the Shooting 4 Greatness Academy at 4 p.m. The Lady Bucks will be back on the road Saturday and back in the state of Alabama as they play Lawson State in Birmingham.

After Saturday, neither Motlow team will play a home game until Friday, Jan. 30, when TCCAA opponent Cleveland State visits at 5:30 p.m. The following day is homecoming at Motlow, with tipoff against Chattanooga State scheduled for 2 p.m.

Dequon Miller led a balanced Motlow scoring attack with 26 points. Jaylen Barford scored 22, Reggie Williams 19, Clint Nwosuh 16, Jordan Darden 14, and Terry Holt and D'Andre Downey each added 10.


Motlow Bucks resume season Jan. 6

Jan. 5, 2015

The Motlow Bucks, ranked No. 20 in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), will resume their basketball season when they host non-conference opponent Martin Methodist College JV on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

The Bucks (11-2, 6-1) have not played since Dec. 16, when they traveled to Marianna, Fla., and fell to Chipola College 111-95. The Bucks beat the Martin Methodist JV team 98-67 back on Nov. 11.

The Bucks trailed Chipola by only two points, 45-43, at halftime, but the home team rode a dominating 53-37 rebounding edge to the victory.

Dequon Miller led Motlow with 25 points and dished out seven assists. Jaylen Barford recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, D'Andre Downey scored 17 points and had nine rebounds and four blocked shots, and Clint Nwosuh scored 15 points with four assists, three rebounds and two steals.


Motlow Bucks now 11-1 after weekend conference sweep

Dec. 8, 2014

Freshman guard Terry Holt connected on seven 3-point shots and scored 24 points to lead the Motlow Bucks to a hard-fought 74-69 win over visiting Walters State Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena.

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Sophomore Clint Nwosuh led the Bucks with 32 points in Friday's win over Roane State. Photo by Jeff Reed.
The win for the Bucks (11-1, 6-1) came on the heels of Friday night's 119-85 trouncing of visiting Roane State and was the fourth consecutive win for Motlow. The Bucks, currently ranked No. 28 in the nation, will complete their pre-holiday schedule when they travel to Marianna, Fla., to face national powerhouse Chipola College on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

"I'm very proud of our players for their 11-1 start, including defending our home floor in conference play this weekend," said Motlow second-year head coach Matt Sligh. "Friday we played to our strengths and had a great team win. Saturday we started slow and really struggled the entire game. Credit our players for finding a way to win."

Holt's seven 3-pointers is tied for fifth on the Motlow all-time single game record list, joining Tyree Evans who hit seven in 2007 and Deshawn Bowman, who accomplished the same feat in 2001. Jeff Taylor and Tim Fant share the Motlow record with 10 three-pointers made in a single game.

Although Saturday's win over Walters State was not pretty and not easy, the same can't be said for Friday's rout of Roane State. Motlow, behind 19 first half points from Jaylen Barford and 15 from Dequon Miller, led the visiting Raiders 51-32 at the intermission and were never seriously threatened.

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Nashville freshman Terry Holt hit seven 3-pointers and led the Bucks with 24 points in Saturday's win over Walters State. Photo by Jeff Reed.
Motlow sophomore Clint Nwosuh made sure of that as he found his shooting stroke in the second half and ended up leading the Bucks in scoring with 32 points. Barford scored 23 and Miller added 18. Jordan Darden and Reid Pierce each scored 10 for Motlow, while D'Andre Downey and Greg Mason each added nine.

Downey led a Bucks' 56 rebound effort with 10, while Kytrel Williams and Barford had seven and Miller added six boards along with a team-high nine assists.

Saturday's challenge from Walters State was much more intense as the Bucks were out of synch for most of the contest. Motlow trailed 12-2 four minutes into the game before rallying behind Holt's four first half 3-pointers to lead 32-29 at the break. Motlow took its first lead at 25-24 when Barford completed a three-point play with 4:12 left in the half.

The visiting Senators evened the score at 36-36 three minutes into the second half before Holt, along with Barford and Mason, began to create separation on the scoreboard. Motlow led 62-50 with 6:50 left to play, but Walters State refused to go quietly and pulled to within four points in the final minute.

Holt also added seven rebounds, six steals, three assists and two blocked shots to his game-high 24 points. Barford finished with 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds with six assists. Downey scored 13 points with nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Mason scored all of his 10 points in the second half and added five rebounds. Miller was held without a field goal for the first time in his Motlow career, with multiple shot attempts rattling around the rim before falling away. He did hit 3-4 free throws and kept the offense flowing with 11 assists. Reggie Williams added a three pointer and Jordan Darden scored a basket.

Following the Bucks' trip to Florida next week, the team will break for the holidays before returning to action on Tuesday, Jan. 6, for a home contest against the Martin Methodist College JV squad. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

"I want to thank the community for the outstanding fan support so far this year," added Sligh. "It's great to see so many people in the stands for each home game. We look forward to that continuing when we return home after the New Year."

Motlow Bucks celebrate national ranking with road win

Dec. 3, 2014

The Motlow Bucks celebrated their appearance in the national rankings by going on the road and beating Snead State 87-67 Tuesday night in Boaz, Ala. The first regular season poll released by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) listed Motlow as the No. 28 team in the nation.

Sophomores Dequon Miller and Greg Mason had big games for the Bucks. Miller accomplished a rare triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Mason was dominant with 17 rebounds to go along with eight points.

The Bucks (9-1, 4-1) will join the Lady Bucks in hosting a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) teams this weekend, the final conference games until January. Roane State visits Copperweld Arena Friday night, with the women tipping off at 5:30 p.m., and Walters State will be the guest on Saturday starting at 2 p.m.

Motlow has five players averaging more than 10 points per game, and once again got balanced scoring in their win on Tuesday. Jaylen Barford scored 18 with eight rebounds, Terry Holt scored 14 with nine rebounds, D'Andre Downey had 14 points with nine rebounds, and Reggie Williams scored 12 points.

The Bucks will play one final game after this weekend before breaking for the holidays, heading to Marianna, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to face national power Chipola College. The season will resume for the Motlow men on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, when they host the Martin Methodist College JV team at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday's contest against Walters State can be seen live on the internet at www.ihigh.com/motlowstatecc.

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.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.


Motlow Bucks hold off nationally-ranked Wallace State comeback attempt

Nov. 26, 2014

D'Andre Downey scored the final eight points of the contest, including a thunderous dunk off a pass from teammate Clint Nwosuh and six consecutive free throws, as the Motlow Bucks held off nationally-ranked Wallace State 76-70 Tuesday night at Copperweld Arena.

The Bucks (8-1, 4-1) got themselves back on track after suffering their first loss of the season last weekend at Chattanooga State. Motlow will play next at non-conference Snead State on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Boaz, Ala. The Bucks return home on Friday, Dec. 5, to host TCCAA rival Roane State, then welcome Walters State the following day.

After falling behind in the game's first four minutes, Motlow took the lead at 9-8 and surged to a 38-30 halftime advantage. Reggie Williams, who had 11 points on the night, hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, and Jaylen Barford scored eight of his 11 points in the first 20 minutes.

The visiting Lions showed why they were ranked in the national preseason poll by chipping away at the Motlow lead and finally overtaking the Bucks 57-56 with 7:40 remaining. Williams immediately hit his third 3-point shot to put the Bucks back in front, and after a momentary tie at 60-60, Motlow recaptured the lead and never trailed again.

Dequon Miller led the Bucks unofficially with 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the second half. Miller also had six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Downey scored 17 and added seven rebounds, while Greg Mason led Motlow with nine rebounds and scored eight points.


Motlow Bucks host Wallace State after road split

Nov. 24, 2014

The Motlow Bucks will host the No. 25 team in the nation Tuesday night when Wallace State-Hanceville visits Copperweld Arena. Tipoff for the non-conference contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., or 20 minutes following the conclusion of the women's game.

The Bucks (7-1, 4-1) are fresh off their first road trip of the season, where they split a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) games over the weekend. Despite having only five available players, the Bucks beat Cleveland State 82-78 Friday night, then led Chattanooga State until the final five minutes before falling 81-73 on Saturday.

"I'm extremely proud of the five guys who played 80 minutes in 21 hours," said Bucks' head coach Matt Sligh. "They led for 75 of those 80 minutes and earned a road split. We also want to thank the fans that made the trip to Chattanooga Saturday. They were really loud and we appreciate their support."

Motlow had only five available players due to suspensions handed down as the result of an altercation last weekend during a TCCAA contest with Volunteer State. Despite the lack of any reserves, the Bucks more than held their own.

Friday in Cleveland, the Bucks were led by sophomore D'Andre Downey, who scored 20 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to go along with an amazing nine blocked shots and five assists. Clint Nwosuh led the Bucks in scoring with 28 and added seven rebounds.

Axel Magnuson scored 14 points with four rebounds and three assists, Reid Pierce had 11 points with six rebounds, and Jordan Darden scored nine points.

Saturday afternoon in Chattanooga it appeared the Bucks were headed towards a road sweep. Motlow led by as many as 15 points midway through the first half and entered the intermission with a 32-23 lead. The Bucks maintained a comfortable lead until midway through the second half when the Tigers began to apply full-court pressure.

Chattanooga whittled away at the Bucks' lead until five minutes remained, when the Tigers took their first lead at 62-60. At that point the five Bucks, who had put on a memorable display of endurance and competitiveness, ran out of gas and the Tigers raced past them and secured the victory.

Downey led the Bucks in scoring Saturday with 23 points, joined by Nwosuh with 19. Magnuson hit four 3-point shots on his way to 16 points; Darden added nine points and Reid finished with six.

The Wallace State Lions are currently 4-2 on the young season but have played a brutal pre-conference schedule. They were ranked No. 25 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) preseason poll. Motlow will make a return trip to Hanceville, Ala., on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.


Eight score in double figures as Bucks rout Pioneers

Nov. 18, 2014

The Motlow Bucks continued their impressive start to the basketball season by easily defeating Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Volunteer State 114-64 Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena.

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Motlow sophomore D'Andre Downey dunks the ball during Motlow's 50-point win over Volunteer State. Photo by Jeff Reed.
Motlow (6-0, 3-0) featured eight players scoring in double figures, led by sophomore D'Andre Downey who combined a game-high 13 rebounds with 19 points and five blocked shots.

The Bucks will face their first TCCAA road test this weekend when they travel to Cleveland State Friday night and Chattanooga State on Saturday. The next home game will be Tuesday, Nov. 25, when nationally-ranked Wallace State visits Copperweld Arena for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

The contest was never in doubt as the Bucks raced to a 31-2 lead over the Pioneers after seven minutes of action. The lead stood at 58-22 at halftime and 92-44 with 10 minutes remaining in the second half. Motlow dominated all phases of the game, including pulling down an amazing 71 rebounds and dishing out 30 assists.

Terry Holt scored 14 points and added eight rebounds and five assists, Kytrel Williams had 12 points with eight rebounds and three steals, and Greg Mason added 12 points with seven rebounds.

Dequon Miller scored 11 points with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals, Clint Nwosuh had 11 points with three steals and two assists, Jaylen Barford added 10 points with six rebounds, eight assists and four steals, and Reggie Williams scored 10 points with five rebounds.

Jordan Darden scored eight points and added six rebounds and Reid Pierce scored four points with six rebounds and an assist. Axel Magnuson added a 3-point bucket and had a rebound.

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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Motlow Bucks pound Martin Methodist JV in Pulaski

Nov. 12, 2014

The Motlow Bucks rolled to their fifth consecutive win Tuesday night when they traveled to Pulaski and defeated the Martin Methodist College junior varsity squad 98-67.

Motlow (5-0, 2-0) will step back into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association play when it hosts Volunteer State on Saturday at Copperweld Arena. The women's contest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with the men to follow at 4 p.m. Both games can be seen live on the internet at iHigh.com/motlowstatecc.

The Volunteer State Pioneers have struggled out of the gate this season, losing their first four games by an average score of 108-69.

The Bucks were never seriously challenged by the Red Hawks, jumping out to a 46-37 halftime lead. The Bucks played 12 different players and dished out 28 assists on 39 made shots. Ten different players scored for Motlow, with four in double figures.

Dequon Miller led the way with 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. D'Andre Downey had his first double-double as a Buck with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jaylen Barford, who leads the Bucks averaging 21.2 points-per-game, scored just six points but dished out a team-high 10 assists.

Clint Nwosuh continued his consistent play, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, and fifth starter Jordan Darden scored eight points with two rebounds in only 12 minutes of action.

Freshman Reid Pierce had his best outing of the season with 11 points and five rebounds. Reggie Williams scored seven points with three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Terry Holt scored nine points and added six rebounds, two assists and a steal; and Greg Mason had six points with six rebounds. Axel Magnuson hit a three-point shot and hauled down five rebounds.


Motlow Bucks dismantle fourth-ranked Columbia State

Nov. 10, 2014

The Motlow Bucks made an early season statement to the junior college basketball nation Saturday when they hosted and beat Columbia State, the country's fourth-ranked team, 97-84 at Copperweld Arena.

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Sophomore Reggie Williams drives in the paint during Motlow's 104-95 win over Jackson State Friday night. Photo by Jeff Reed.
"We had a total team effort Saturday," said Bucks' head coach Matt Sligh. "We were able to rebound and fly around defensively for most of the game, which gave us a chance to attack and play fast offensively. We played unselfishly with six players scoring in double figures and several other guys contributing. Our guys knew it would be a toughness test both mentally and physically, and they handled the emotion of a big game well."

The resounding win, which saw Motlow lead from the opening tip to the final horn, came on the heels of Friday night's 104-95 victory over Jackson State. With the weekend sweep, the Bucks are now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play.

"I am excited for two quality wins this weekend," added Sligh. "Jackson State will win a lot of games this season as their talent has increased significantly. We did not play with as much urgency as I would have liked, but found a way to win on Friday. We had guys step up and make hustle plays at the right time; offensive rebounds, steals, block shots; and that was encouraging to see."

The Bucks will step outside the TCCAA when they travel to Pulaski to play the Martin Methodist College JV team on Tuesday. Motlow returns to conference play and to Copperweld Arena when it hosts Volunteer State Saturday afternoon. Tip off for the men's game is scheduled for 4 p.m., or 20 minutes after the conclusion of the women's contest.

"What's exciting is we have a lot of room to improve," Sligh concluded. "These guys have been coachable and bought into growing and improving as a team thus far and I expect that to continue. It's very early in the season with many challenges ahead, but I couldn't be more proud of the way our guys competed together this weekend."

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Freshman Terry Holt scored 27 points and added 10 rebounds during Motlow's weekend sweep over TCCAA opponents. Photo by Jeff Reed.
Freshman Jaylen Barford led a balanced Motlow attack on Saturday with 22 points, including 14 in the second half after the Bucks entered intermission leading 47-36. The Bucks' biggest lead of the first half was 35-21 with 4:18 on the clock, and their largest lead of the game was 20 points at 79-59 with 6:51 left in the contest.

Motlow won the rebounding battle against the taller Chargers 52-39 and overcame 17 turnovers with a solid defensive effort and outstanding shooting. The Bucks connected on 57% of their shots from the field, including 9-19 from three-point range, and hit 22-32 free throws.

Barford also had 11 rebounds and five assists on Saturday, leading six players who scored in double figures. Dequon Miller added 15 points with eight assists and seven rebounds. Terry Holt scored 14 and Clint Nwosuh added 13 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

D'Andre Downey led Motlow's inside game with 10 points and nine rebounds and added seven blocked shots to his effort. Jordan Darden, Motlow's fifth starter, scored seven with five rebounds. Reggie Williams came off the bench for the Bucks, scoring 11 points with four rebounds and three assists.

T.J. Cromer led visiting Columbia State with 18 points, all in the second half. Chargers' star T.J. Dunans only scored four points and sat out much of the contest.

The Bucks shot a blistering 63% from the field Friday night in their victory over Jackson State, as once again Motlow led most of the way. The Bucks won the battle on the boards and featured a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures.

Barford scored 33 points and had seven rebounds, Miller scored 17 with 13 assists and seven rebounds, Holt had 13 points with eight rebounds, and Darden and Nwosuh each added 10 points. Downey led Motlow rebounders with nine boards and had five more blocked shots. Greg Mason scored seven with nine rebounds and two assists, and Reggie Williams added seven points.

Backcourt carries Motlow Bucks to season-opening sweep

Nov. 3, 2014

The Motlow Bucks' backcourt of sophomore Dequon Miller and freshman Jaylen Barford received a lot of attention during the preseason. After combining for 97 points during a pair of wins to open the season this past weekend, the two more than lived up to the hype.

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Freshman Jaylen Barford from Jackson, TN, started his Motlow career by combining for 45 points, 21 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and four blocked shots as the Bucks won a pair of games over the weekend at Copperweld Arena. Photo by Jeff Reed.
The Bucks opened the 2014-15 campaign with a 104-86 win over Snead State Friday night, and then followed that up with a 105-87 win over visiting Shooting 4 Greatness Prep Academy on Saturday. Both games were played at Copperweld Arena on the Motlow Moore County campus.

The Bucks will now step into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play when they host a pair of conference rivals this weekend. Jackson State visits Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff, followed by defending TCCAA champion Columbia State on Saturday at 4 p.m. There is no admission charge to Motlow home basketball games.

The Bucks were in control most of the way during Friday's opener against Snead State. Motlow held a 47-35 advantage at halftime and shot the ball well the entire game, connecting on 40 of 66 shots for a 60.6 shooting percentage. They followed that up on Saturday hitting 53.6 % of their shots.

Motlow's defense forced Snead into 15 turnovers while only committing eight themselves. The Bucks won the rebounding battle 42-36 on Friday. Motlow pulled down an impressive 60 rebounds on Saturday while once again committing only eight turnovers.

Miller, who scored 18 points and dished out six assists on Friday, and Barford with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists, were two of five double-digit scorers for the Bucks. Center D'Andre Downey scored 20 points and hauled in five rebounds, Terry Holt came off the bench with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Clint Nwosuh added 11 points with six rebounds and three assists.

Reggie Williams hit a pair of three-pointers for Motlow and scored nine points with four rebounds and two steals. Greg Mason added six points and three rebounds, while Kytrel Williams scored three and had three rebounds and three assists.

The Bucks were somewhat sluggish on Saturday as they battled the visiting Shooting 4 Greatness Kings back and forth in the first half, which ended with Motlow leading 48-45. Miller connected on four straight three-pointers early in the second half as the Bucks pulled away for their second straight win.

Dequon Miller
Sophomore Dequon Miller scored 52 points and dished out 14 assists as the Bucks swept a pair of games to open their season. Photo by Jeff Reed.
Miller had 34 points on Saturday to lead the Bucks, including connecting on 5-8 three-pointers along with eight assists. Barford added 23 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots and two steals.

Nwosuh had a strong outing with 17 points and six rebounds, Downey scored 13 and pulled down seven rebounds while blocking a pair of shots, and Holt got the start and responded with five points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Mason came up large off the bench, scoring eight points and tying Barford for team-high honors with 13 rebounds. Jordan Darden added a basket and pulled down four rebounds.

Motlow Bucks open season Oct. 31 at Copperweld Arena

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.

2014-15 Schedule
2014-15 Roster

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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2014-15 Motlow Bucks. Motlow College photo.
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.

Motlow Bucks have right mix to challenge for TCCAA title

Oct. 1, 2014

With a roster that returns five players from last season, three more who were Motlow redshirts, and 10 newcomers with sterling credentials, the Motlow Bucks appear to be in position to challenge for the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) championship.

2014-15 Schedule
2014-15 Roster

Head Coach Matt Sligh enters his second season with a roster full of potential Division I prospects. The path in and out of Copperweld Arena is well worn from a stream of major and mid-major college coaches who have visited Motlow's Moore County campus during the previous month.

Practice officially began for the 10 member schools of the TCCAA on Oct. 1, with most teams opening their seasons on Halloween night. The Bucks will open at home on Oct. 31, hosting non-conference opponent Snead State at 7:30 p.m., or 20 minutes after the conclusion of the women's contest which begins at 5:30 p.m.

"We are excited that October has arrived and competition against other teams is fast approaching," said Sligh. "Our players have worked hard thus far in their various roles of being a student-athlete and are now eager to begin playing against someone else besides each other."

Headlining the roster is returning All-American Dequon Miller. The 5-10 Miller, a native of Charleston, W.Va., became the ninth player in Motlow history to be named an All-American last season. From his point-guard position he averaged 21 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals per game, while shooting 44% from three-point range and 83% from the free-throw line.

Joining Miller as returning Bucks who saw playing time last year is Kytrel Williams, a second team all-conference selection from Memphis who averaged 10 points, four rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game with 23 blocked shots. The 6-4 Williams scored in double figures 13 times last season, with a high of 28 coming against Cleveland State in November.

Washington D.C. sophomore Greg Mason also returns. The 6-6 forward averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 65% from the floor, the fifth-best single season shooting percentage in Motlow history.

Reggie Williams, a 6-6 shooting guard from Detroit, also returns after coming on strong towards the end of last season and averaging 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

"Our team's focus early on will be to increase our toughness and togetherness," 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."

Three players, all guards, who sat out last season while attending Motlow, will suit up with the varsity during the coming season. Clint Nwosuh is 6-2 from Houston, Jahaad Lyons is also 6-2 and comes from Murfreesboro's Oakland High School, and 5-9 Dezon Dozier is from Nashville.

New additions to the roster this season include sophomore transfer D'Andre Downey from Milwaukee, Wis., and freshman Seth McKelvey from North Charleston, S. C.

The remaining newcomers are all from Tennessee, including Jaylen Barford from Jackson, Axel Magnuson from Clarksville, Terry Holt from Nashville, Reid Pierce from Murfreesboro, Montrez Van Zant from Winchester, and former Cheatham County teammates Jake Saunders and Jordan Darden, both from Ashland City. Nashville guard Jade Patrick comes to Motlow from Pearl Cohn High School and will redshirt this season.

"We welcome a highly-competitive and talented group of new players who are used to winning," added Sligh. "I look forward to watching our players define their roles through their performance in practice and in our scrimmages this month. 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."

The Bucks will open TCCAA conference play when they host Jackson State on Friday, Nov. 7, and Columbia State the following day. The regular season ends with a return trip to Columbia State on Feb. 21. The Chargers are the defending conference champions and eliminated the Bucks in last year's TCCAA tournament.

"The TCCAA is loaded this year and we begin league play the first week of November, as well as facing several quality opponents as our schedule begins," Sligh said. "We are one of the only conferences to play league games this early in the season, which makes October even more important for us."

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 channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.


Motlow Bucks open 2014-15 basketball season Halloween night at Copperweld Arena

Sept. 10, 2014

The Motlow Bucks have released their 2014-15 basketball schedule and will open the regular season on Friday, Oct. 31, when they host Snead State at Copperweld Arena on Motlow's Moore County campus. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

2014-15 Schedule

The schedule features 28 regular season contests and four preseason scrimmages. Following the regular season, the Bucks will join the other nine Tennessee community colleges who are members of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) for the conference tournament at Southwest Tennessee in Memphis. The winner of the conference tournament will advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.

The Bucks are coming off a 14-14 season in their first year under Head Coach Matt Sligh. Sligh welcomes 10 new recruits to the program while retaining six players from last season, including All-American point guard Dequon Miller.

"We are extremely excited about this year's schedule," said Sligh. "The TCCAA is gaining national attention for not only the high level individual talent but also for several championship-caliber programs. It is full of coaches who have won titles.

"Every coach across the country promotes their conference as one of the toughest, but this year's TCCAA conference race will be one to remember. I think there will be a heightened sense of urgency throughout the league that should make for some memorable games."

The longest home stand of the season consists of four games and is on the front end of the schedule, beginning with the opener against non-conference opponent Snead State from Boaz, Ala. TCCAA play begins the next weekend, with Jackson State visiting Friday night and Columbia State coming to Lynchburg on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The longest road trip is only three games and takes place in mid-January with three straight conference games, beginning with Dyersburg State on Jan. 16 and ending with a visit to Gallatin to face Volunteer State a week later.

Highlights of the schedule include the home game on Nov. 8 against Columbia State and the return trip to Columbia to face the Chargers on Feb. 21, the final game of the regular season. Columbia State is the defending TCCAA champion and eliminated the Bucks 122-121 in double overtime in last year's conference tournament in Harriman, TN.

Additional non-conference games that stand out are a road trip to Marianna, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to face national powerhouse Chipola College, and a home-and-home series with Wallace State Community College from Hanceville, Ala. Wallace State was Region 22 champion and a national tournament participant last season.

"Playing a home-and-home with defending Alabama Community College Conference champion Wallace State-Hanceville, as well as a program on the rise in Snead State, will give our guys a great opportunity to compete at a high level," Sligh continued. "Also, returning to Florida for the second year in a row and playing a national power in Chipola is excellent exposure for our team."

The Bucks will open their scrimmage schedule on Oct. 14 when they visit Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn. Motlow will then travel to Atlanta for the prestigious JUCO Jamboree, which features some of the top teams in the nation. The only home scrimmage is an Oct. 24 contest against Lee University.

"We hope our scrimmages and non-conference opponents will prepare our team as conference play opens in early November," added Sligh.

Start times for home and away regular season games are 7:30 p.m. on weeknights, including Friday, and 4 p.m. for Saturday games. All conference games will include a women's contest two hours prior to the men's game. There is no admission charge for Motlow College home games and a fully stocked concession stand is always open.

"I hope our local community takes advantage of our free admission to all home games," Sligh added. "Our players and staff always appreciate the support, and ours is a very entertaining brand of basketball."


Motlow College adds state champion Jaylen Barford to Bucks' basketball roster

July 22, 2014

There has been a lot of excitement generated around the Motlow Bucks' basketball program since last season ended with a one-point, double-overtime loss in the semifinals of the Region VII Tournament.

Jaylen Barford
From the moment rising sophomore Dequon Miller, an All-American last season and the top-rated junior college point guard in the country, announced he would return to Moore County for a second year, the possibilities for a special season increased substantially.

Head Coach Matt Sligh has done his part in surrounding Miller, and the half-dozen other returning sophomores, with a talented group of incoming freshmen. The potential of the freshman class recently spiked again with the announcement that Jaylen Barford will join the Motlow roster for the coming season.

Barford is a 6'3" dynamic guard from South Side High School in Jackson, Tenn. All he did was lead his Hawks team to the Class AA state championship last season while averaging 22.5 points and seven rebounds per game. He is ranked by most recruiting services among the top ten high school players in the state.

"Jaylen is an outstanding signing for our program," said Sligh. "It's hard to find a player with his talent that also possesses such high character, but Jaylen has both. He is a dynamic player, both offensively and defensively. He makes championship plays in the biggest of moments and has handled pressure extremely well throughout his prep career.

"The accolades and offers he holds go a mile long," continued Sligh. "What I love best about Jaylen is that he is focused on reaching his potential through hard work. He doesn't want any favors and he wants to be pushed and coached hard. He comes from a great family who I look forward to coming alongside in developing Jaylen both on and off the floor."

Barford is the latest proven winner that Sligh has added to the Bucks' basketball family. In leading South Side to its championship last season, he scored the game-winning basket in the state semifinals to beat defending champion Christ Presbyterian Academy; a team that had won 94 consecutive games against in-state opponents and had beaten South Side for the state championship the previous season. South Side then beat East Nashville, and fellow Motlow signee Terry Holt, 91-83 in double overtime for the school's first basketball state championship. Barford scored 25 points for the Hawks in the title game while Holt had 26 for East Nashville.

"Jaylen has been coached extremely well by Damon Fuller at Jackson South Side, as well as in AAU by Dominique Redding and the Nashville Celtics," said Sligh. "He is a winner, a leader, and a great teammate. He fits our style of play perfectly and is a great addition to our roster of returners and signees."

Holt and Barford will now be teammates on Sligh's second Motlow team. After arriving in July 2013, Sligh had to quickly assemble his first Bucks squad, with his first signee being Miller. After a full recruiting season this year, the Bucks have assembled one of the most impressive classes in recent memory.

"As we have said throughout the spring and summer, it was our priority as a program to sign the state's top talent," added Sligh. "There is no better example of doing that than with Jaylen. He had several Division I schools and pretty much every junior college in the country recruiting him.

"We were able to start building a genuine relationship with Jaylen and his family early in the process and continue to do so the past several months. We outworked everyone, which in recruiting doesn't guarantee anything, but thankfully he chose Motlow," concluded Sligh.

The Bucks will soon assemble as a team in Lynchburg with the fall semester scheduled to begin Aug. 25. Official practice traditionally begins for National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) basketball teams on Oct. 1, with the regular season opening the final week of October.

Basketball Skills Clinic, Bucks Meet and Greet scheduled at Motlow College Aug. 30

July 30, 2014

Motlow College men's head basketball coach Matt Sligh is inviting basketball hopefuls throughout the area to learn basic hoops fundamentals and meet the 2014-15 Bucks' team during a skills clinic on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus.

Basketball Skills Camp Registration Form

Registration is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., with the clinic to begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Following the clinic, participants will have the option of purchasing lunch and watching the Bucks perform drills and compete in contests on the Copperweld Arena floor.

The clinic is open to boys and girls from age kindergarten through high school seniors. The cost is $25 per child or $40 for families with two children attending. The optional lunch cost is $5.

To register for the skills clinic, visit the Motlow College athletics web site at www.MotlowSports.com and print the registration form, fill it out, and mail it to the address provided on the form. Registration can also be completed by emailing Coach Sligh at msligh@mscc.edu.


Blackman's Reid Pierce is latest addition to Motlow Bucks' impressive roster

July 14, 2014

Matt Sligh, men's head basketball coach for the Motlow College Bucks, has added another outstanding in-state student-athlete to his 2014-15 roster with the announcement that Murfreesboro's Reid Pierce will bring his talents to Copperweld Arena.

Reid Pierce
Pierce will be a true freshman after a splendid prep career at Blackman High School. The Blaze, under head coach Barry Wortman, won the Class AAA state championship last season and Pierce was an integral part of the championship run. Blackman reached the state tournament all three seasons of Pierce's prep career.

He played his AAU basketball under Head Coach Carlton Battle and his Team Nashville squad, which also featured Motlow signees Jordan Darden and Jacob Saunders.

"Reid makes winning plays night in and night out," said Sligh. "He has developed under one of the best high school coaches, not just in the state of Tennessee but in the entire country, in Barry Wortman. Reid plays extremely hard and was vital in Blackman's state championship run.

"I believe he will flourish in our program because of his excellent work ethic and commitment to improve. He will also be a great teammate and will have total buy-in with what we do as a program from day one. We really emphasized adding talented in-state student-athletes who would fit our Motlow community well, and Reid fits that perfectly."

Coach Wortman was an assistant coach for Donnie Tyndall, currently the head coach at the University of Tennessee, when Tyndall was head coach at Morehead State University. In his fourth season at Blackman, the Blaze finished the 2013-14 season with a 28-6 record, beating Oak Ridge 60-58 in the championship game.

"Reid Pierce is a young man with his best basketball ahead of him," said Wortman. "Reid has great instincts and a knack for coming up with the ball. He is a talented rebounder who can get baskets running the floor as well as scoring facing the basket or with his back to the basket. He is a special kid, great teammate, and will thrive under the guidance of Coach Sligh."

Pierce joins an impressive list of student-athletes that Sligh has signed entering his second season as Motlow's head coach.

The Bucks finished with a 14-14 record in 2013-14, Sligh's first season, and advanced to the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament semifinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Columbia State 122-121 in double overtime.

Bucks add 'Gifted Scorer' Terry Holt from Nashville

July 8, 2014

The building of the 2014-15 Motlow Bucks' basketball roster continues with the recent announcement by Head Coach Matt Sligh that he has signed Terry Holt from East Nashville Magnet High School.

Terry Holt
Holt contains two qualities that have become a pattern for each of Sligh's signees for the coming season - he has very impressive high school and AAU credentials, and he is a proven winner.

"Terry is a long guard who is an incredibly gifted scorer," said Sligh. "His range from three is special, and his is able to score off the bounce as well. He rebounds well from the guard position and his athleticism gives him an opportunity to develop into an excellent defender.

"He is a hungry player who wants to be pushed and coached to achieve his maximum potential," continued Sligh. "He comes from an excellent academic school which has prepared him to perform well in the classroom. His playing experience under Coach Fey at East Nashville as well as in his AAU program gives him an opportunity to make an immediate impact next season. It is important for us to sign and develop top in-state talent, and we are thankful Terry is a Buck."

The 6-4 Holt led his East Nashville team to a runner-up finish in the Class AA state tournament last March in Murfreesboro. He averaged 21 points and 6.4 rebounds per game his senior year and was named first team all-district, all-region and all-metro; along with being named to the first team all-state tournament team and being selected as the region player of the year.

"Terry Holt is the best all-around offensive player I have ever coached," said Fey. "He has NBA three-point range and can go to the rim and finish with force. His defense continues to improve and his length creates problems for the opposition.

"We won 78 games in his three varsity seasons and went to back-to-back state tournaments," added Fey. "Terry scored over 1,600 points and played his best in the biggest games. He is a winner and I believe his best basketball is in front of him."

In addition to leading his East Nashville squad the past three seasons, Holt has also been a major contributor for the Tennessee Panthers AAU team, which has been a significant asset in his development both on and off the floor. He scored 40 points or more 13 times in AAU play, including one game where he made 11 three-pointers and scored 48 points.

"Terry is a huge addition to our program," said Sligh. "He was heavily recruited by the top teams in our conference as well as junior college programs throughout Florida, Texas and the Midwest. We made sure nobody outworked us during his recruitment and hoped our genuine approach would win out. Terry realized we are building something special at Motlow and chose to join our basketball family."

The Bucks finished with a 14-14 record in 2013-14, Sligh's first season, and advanced to the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament semifinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Columbia State 122-121 in double overtime.

Darden, Saunders remain teammates from Cheatham County to Motlow College

July 1, 2014

Jordan Darden and Jacob Saunders were teammates at Cheatham County High School the last three years and enjoyed tremendous success, including leading their team to an undefeated regular season, three straight district titles and two consecutive trips to the sectional round of the state playoffs.

Motlow College men's basketball head coach Matt Sligh hopes the two will bring that winning mentality and ability to his Bucks basketball team as both Darden and Saunders have been signed to continue their student-athlete careers at Motlow.

Saunders is a 6-2 shooting guard who scored 1,867 points during his career in Ashland City. During his senior season he averaged 22 points, five rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He shot 83% from the free throw line and 37% from beyond the three-point arc, and was named District 9-AA regular season and tournament most valuable player.

"Jacob is a proven winner and a tough competitor," said Sligh. "He comes from a great program and has been exceptionally well coached. He scored over 1,800 points in high school and can beat you in a variety of ways. I love his competitive spirit on both ends of the floor and we are excited to welcome Jacob to our program."

Darden is a 6-6 forward who averaged 15 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% from the floor during his senior season. He joined Saunders on the all-district and all-region teams for both the regular season and the tournament the past two postseasons.

"Jordan comes from a great program and has been coached very well," continued Sligh. "He is a winner and a team-first guy who plays above the rim. Jordan is a big-time athlete with great hands who has a good feel for the game of basketball. He is able to rebound well and get to balls out of his area. Like Jacob, Jordan will be a great fit for our program and the Motlow College community."

Darden and Saunders are the third and fourth new additions to the Motlow men's basketball program announced by Sligh. Guard Clint Nwosuh from Houston, and forward Seth McKelvey from Orangeburg, S.C. will join the Cheatham County pair on the Copperweld Arena floor this season.

The Bucks finished with a 14-14 record in 2013-14, Sligh's first season, and advanced to the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament semifinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Columbia State 122-121 in double overtime.

Darden, Saunders, McKelvey and Nwosuh join an already-impressive roster that should include returning sophomores Kytrel Williams, Jordan Riley, Greg Mason, Reggie Williams, C.J. McEwen and Miller. Redshirt freshmen Dezon Dozier and Jahaad Lyons will also step into varsity roles.


Transfer guard Clint Nwosuh will join Motlow Bucks' backcourt

June 27, 2014

Motlow College men's head basketball coach Matt Sligh recently announced that Houston native Clint Nwosuh will join the program and be a member of Sligh's second Bucks basketball team in 2014-15 after transferring to Motlow during the spring 2014 semester.

Clint Nwosuh
Nwosuh is a 6-2 guard who sat out last season after spending his freshman year at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss., where he appeared in 11 games. He will be a sophomore student-athlete at Motlow and will have one season of eligibility.

"Clint is a strong-bodied guard who is extremely versatile," said Sligh. "He is not only an excellent passer and ball handler who has outstanding court vision, but he can also score the ball. Clint can knock down the three which enables us to space the floor effectively."

After averaging 28 points per game as a senior at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Nwosuh was rated in the top 50 by Hoop Scoop's online recruiting service and earned all-district and all-region honors. He attended God's Academy prep school in Dallas following his high school career before heading to Alcorn State.

Nwosuh has the opportunity to join returning All-American Dequon Miller in the Bucks' backcourt, which could make them one of the best guard combinations in the nation. Sligh likes the fact that Nwosuh brings more to the program than just scoring.

"Clint has a high basketball IQ and he understands how to be a great individual and team defender," added Sligh. "He works hard at his game off the floor, and I look forward to him having a big year for the Bucks this season."

Nwosuh is the second addition to the Bucks' program for the coming season announced by Sligh. He joins 6-7 forward Seth McKelvey from Orangeburg, S.C.

The Bucks finished with a 14-14 record in 2013-14, Sligh's first season, and advanced to the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament semifinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Columbia State 122-121 in double overtime.

McKelvey and Nwosuh join an already-impressive roster that should include returning sophomores Kytrel Williams, Jordan Riley, Greg Mason, Reggie Williams, C.J. McEwen and Miller. Redshirt freshmen Dezon Dozier and Jahaad Lyons will also step into varsity roles.

Motlow Bucks add South Carolina forward Seth McKelvey to men's basketball roster

June 20, 2014

Motlow College head men's basketball coach Matt Sligh recently announced that North Charleston, S.C., power forward Seth McKelvey will be part of the Bucks' program when the team begins preparation for the upcoming season this fall.

Seth McKelvey
McKelvey is a 6'7", 240-pound inside presence who comes to Lynchburg from Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep School in Orangeburg, S.C., following an outstanding prep career at RB Stall High School in North Charleston.

"We are excited to welcome Seth to our program," said Sligh. "He will provide our team with a low-block scoring presence and is an outstanding rebounder. Seth trusted me and our program to be the best fit for him academically and athletically, despite heavy recruitment from schools closer to his hometown as well as programs across the country."

While at RB Stall, McKelvey garnered a number of honors, including being rated the #11 prospect in the state by Scout.com. He averaged 12.2 points, 12 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots per game as a senior and was named all-state. McKelvey was selected to the All-Region VII team after his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Following his high school career he headed to Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep, where he played for Head Coach Scott Weaver. Seth was instrumental in leading Orangeburg to a 25-14 record, including games where he pulled down 15 rebounds and a school-record 17 rebounds.

"Seth is a young man of really good character and he has tremendous upside on the basketball court," said Weaver. "He is a true post player with a very good offensive skill set, including the ability to finish at the rim with either hand and excellent footwork. In addition, he can step out and hit the 18-foot jump shot.

"I am really pleased with Seth's decision to continue his education and basketball career at Motlow College playing for Coach Sligh," Weaver added. "We were really lucky to have Seth play for us this season. I think his best basketball is yet to come."

The Bucks finished with a 14-14 record in 2013-14, Sligh's first season, and advanced to the TCCAA/RegionVII Tournament semifinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Columbia State 122-121 in double overtime.

McKelvey will join an already-impressive roster that should include returning sophomores Kytrel Williams, Jordan Riley, Greg Mason, Reggie Williams, C.J. McEwen and All-American Dequon Miller. Redshirt freshmen Dezon Dozier and Jahaad Lyons will also step into varsity roles.
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