Bucks end regular season with win, enter TCCAA/Region VII Tournament as No. 2 seed

Motlow State freshman Jayven Humphrey rises high over defenders to release his shot during Motlow’s recent home win over Southwest Tennessee. Humphrey, from Tupelo, Miss., scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Bucks to an 84-78 win over Columbia State Saturday in Columbia. Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow State freshman Jayven Humphrey rises high over defenders to release his shot during Motlow’s recent home win over Southwest Tennessee. Humphrey, from Tupelo, Miss., scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Bucks to an 84-78 win over Columbia State Saturday in Columbia. Jeff Reed Photography.

The Motlow Bucks closed out the 2018-19 basketball regular season Saturday with an 84-78 win over Columbia State on the Chargers’ home floor in Columbia. The win was the third consecutive victory for Motlow.

The Bucks (14-4, 18-10), winners of eight out of their last 10 games, finished in second place in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings and will be the No. 2 seed in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins Friday at Cleveland State in Cleveland, Tenn. Motlow will play Sunday at 6pm against the winner of Friday’s Cleveland State/Jackson State contest. Walters State is the top seed, with Southwest Tennessee third and Dyersburg State fourth.

Motlow has won the previous two tournaments and represented the region in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. The back-to-back titles were the first repeat championships for any sport at Motlow State. Now the Bucks have an opportunity to continue to make history as they begin their quest for a third straight title.

The Bucks led the Chargers 39-35 at halftime, and despite a poor night of long-distance shooting, hung on for the victory. Motlow shot 43.8 percent from the field but connected on just 8-32 three-point shots. The Bucks connected on 13-18 free throws and pulled down 54 rebounds.

Jayven Humphrey led Motlow with a double-double, scoring 26 points with 11 rebounds. Josh Greer scored 15 and dished out eight assists, Jarius Key had 13 points with eight rebounds, Marcus Lacey scored 11 with seven rebounds, and Leo Castillo had five points, six assists and six rebounds.