The Seward County Community College menís basketball team finished their Jayhawk West Conference regular season on Saturday night with a 79-66 victory at Barton County Community College. The Saints (21-9, 7-9 Jayhawk West) finish their conference schedule ranked seventh in the Jayhawk West Conference and will travel to No. 10 Independence Community College (27-3, 15-3) for a First Round Region VI match-up.

Seward County came out ready to play against the Cougars taking an early 11-2 lead in the first five minutes of play. Seward would continue to stretch their lead in the first-half to as many as 26 points. Saints forward, Carlin Whitten, made two free-throws with 4:31 left in the first-half to give the Saints a 39-13 lead.

Seward County led at half-time 44-27, by scoring 21 points off 14 Barton County turnovers. Saints guard, Michael Tyree, led all scorers at half-time with 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the free-throw line.

Barton County did however make a comeback late in the second half going on a 12-2 run, cutting the Saints lead to eight points (71-63) with 2:03 left in regulation. The Saints didnít allow the Cougars run to continue as SCCC held Barton to three points in the last two minutes of the game.

Tyree led all players with 23 points (6-for-10 field goals) shooting 9-for-11 from the free-throw line. The Saints had five players reach double-figures in scoring as Adam Tanner (13 points), Keith Spencer (11 points), Theron Wilson (10 points) and Jerrell Green (10 points) joined Tyree as the top scorers for the Saints.

Barton County was led by Reggie Love (20 points and nine rebounds) and Thiago Cordeiro (11 points, nine rebounds and eight blocked shots).

Barton County finishes their season 19-11 overall and 6-10 in the Jayhawk West. The Cougars are ineligible from Region VI post-season play due to being placed on National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) probation. First-year Cougar Head Coach, Craig Fletchall, completed a successful first season guiding the Cougars to 19 victories with no players returning from last yearís team.

Seward County will travel to Independence Community College on Wednesday, March 8, to play the Pirates in the First Round of the Region VI Tournament. Game time for Wednesday night has not been announced. The winner of Wednesday nightís game will advance to the eight-team Region VI Tournament in Wichita, March 11-14, at Charles Koch Arena, the home of Wichita State University menís and womenís basketball.