The Seward County Community College men's basketball team will host the Pizza Hut Classic Dec. 8-9 in Liberal at the Green House. The Saints enter this weekend's competition with a 9-2 overall record after going 1-1 at the Jayhawk Shootout last weekend in Coffeyville, Kan. This weekend the Saints will play on Friday night against Brown Mackie College and on Saturday night verses Frank Phillips College. Both nights the Saints will be in action at 8 p.m. Free tickets to the Pizza Hut Classic will be available this week at the local Liberal Pizza Hut locations.

The opening night of the Pizza Hut Classic will showcase two head coaches who are among the elite head coaches all-time in NJCAA Region VI history. Brown Mackie head coach Francis Flax and Seward County head coach, Dave Brown, are both among the Top 10 all-time in Region VI history for wins as a head coach.

Dave Brown moved into the Top 10 all-time in Region VI wins last season when he pasted his mentor, Dale Reed (224-168), to move into ninth place all-time. Brown enters the Pizza Hut Classic with a head coaching record of 245-92 (.727 winning percentage).

The Saints are leading the Region VI this season in assists per game (24.4 apg.) and three-point percentage defense (.254 %). The Saints rank second in the Region VI in six statistical categories including scoring offense (92.7), total rebounds (48), offensive rebounds (17.8.), blocks (8.6), three-point field goals made (9.8) and assists/turnover ratio (24.4 assists/17.0 turnovers).

Seward County is led by two players who are among the top scorers in the Region VI. Sophomore forward Theron Wilson currently leads the Region VI in scoring (25.0 ppg.) and rebounding (12.6 rpg.), while Tyree is the top three-point shooter in the Region (42) and is the third leading scorer averaging 22.1 points per game. In addition, sophomore Martrelle Patterson is leading the Region VI in assist/turnover ratio with 24 assists and only three turnovers.

Flax, who is coaching in his 25th season in the Region VI and currently ranks third all-time in Region VI history for coaching wins, with an overall record of 472-348 (.576 winning percentage). Flax has been head coach at Highland C.C. and Brown Mackie in his coaching tenure. His resume is highlighted with an NJCAA (D-II) National Championship season in 2004-2005 with the BMC Lions who went 35-1 overall.

This season, Brown Mackie is 10-2 overall with three victories over four-year junior varsity programs and impressive wins over Johnson County C.C. (87-81) and Cowley College (82-73). The Lions are led by Earnest Noel, who is averaging 18.3 points per game and has made 37 three-point field goals. The Lions also have double-figure scorers Darnell Kimble (13.2 ppg.), Anthony Mack (12.1 ppg.) and Dei Dei (12.1 ppg.) who are main contributors for the Lions this season.

Frank Phillips enters the Pizza Hut Classic with a 6-6 overall record. The Plainsmen are led by two sophomores who had NCAA Division I experience before transferring to Frank Phillips. Sophomores, Jason Rogers (Texas State University) and Josh Jenkins (New Mexico State University) each transferred after playing the 2005-06 season with their respective division I program. Rogers, a 6-foot-3-inch guard is leading the Plainsmen averaging 14.9 points per game and is the top three-point shooter having made 41 3-point buckets this season. Jenkins, a 5-foot-10-inch guard is also an outside shooting threat while dishing out nine assists per game and averaging 13 ppg. Frank Phillips schedule this season includes notable victories against Garden City C.C. (103-91) and Ranger College (97-78) with losses against Labette C.C. (66-72 O.T.), Dodge City C.C. (74-79) and Connors State College (74-77).