Southwest Tennessee Community College

January 26, 2006

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SALUQIS RANKED 13TH IN NJCAA POLL
Release written by Keith Gentry


The Southwest men’s basketball team climbed five places to number 13 in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association poll. The Saluqis (15-3), moved up from number 18 after defeating Jackson State Community College 94-85 on Saturday afternoon in Jackson, Tennessee. Southwest is currently at the top of the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association (TJCCAA) standings with a 12-2 record.

The Saluqis are coached by Verties Sails Jr., who has compiled a 576-228 record in 27 years at the College. His team is led by three sophomores who made the All-Western Division team last season: Lester Hudson (16.7 points, 5.3 rebounds), Anthony Pigram (15.0 points, 93 percent free throws) and Moraye Ivy (12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds). Other top performers for the Saluqis this season have been freshmen Greg Grimes (10.3 points, 6.1 rebounds), Donald Boone (8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds), Chris Evans (7.2 points, 5.2 rebounds) and Nathan Walton (3.1 points, 4.0 assists).

Southwest returns to action this weekend at the Verties Sails Gymnasium with conference tilts against Saint Catharine College on Friday, January 27 and Columbia State Community College on Saturday, January 28.

This week’s NJCAA Division 1 Basketball Poll

1 Howard College Big Spring, TX 19-0

152

14

1

2 Chipola College Marianna, FL 20-1

120

2

2

3 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR 18-2

83

0

4

4 Highland Community College-Illinois Freeport, IL 18-0

75

0

5

5 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS 16-1

68

0

6

6 Cochise College Douglas, AZ 16-2

56

0

8

7 Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa, AL 18-1

48

0

3

8 Independence Community College Independence, KS 18-1

44

0

9

9 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL 16-2

36

0

10

10 Indian Hills Community College-Ottumwa Ottumwa, IA 17-3

31

0

11

11 Coffeyville Community College Coffeyville, KS 15-3

25

0

16

12 Redlands Community College El Reno, OK 17-2

23

0

14

13 Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN 15-3

20

0

18

14 Daytona Beach Community College Daytona Beach, FL 17-2

18

0

7

15 Midland College Midland, TX 16-3

16

0

13

16 Globe Institute of Technology New York, NY 19-2

14

0

15

17 Paris Junior College Paris, TX 14-3

12

0

NR

18 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID 16-4

10

0

NR

19 Mineral Area College Park Hills, MO 16-4

8

0

19

20 Sheridan College Sheridan, WY 18-2

7

0

NR