The Seward County Community College menís basketball team will compete this weekend at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan. The Saints will play on Friday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. against Highland Community College (3-6) and on Saturday, Dec. 1 against Kansas City Kansas Community College (7-1) at 11 a.m. The Saints (9-1) are coming off three wins last week against Friends University J.V. (64-50), Neosho County Community College (83-64) and North Lake College (58-56). Seward is among five teams in the Region VI that have only one loss this season.

Seward County enters the Jayhawk Shootout with a 27-15 overall record during the last 18 years of competition. The Saints hold the all-time Shootout records for most team points scored in one game (128-72, vs. Kansas City Kansas in 1994) and most team points scored in one year and lost three games (247, vs. Independence, Cowley and KCK in 1991). Overall, the Jayhawk West has had the edge posting a 216-126 record against the Jayhawk East since 1987.

The last time the Saints played against Highland was in the first round of the Region VI playoffs in 2004-05, when the Saints knocked off the Scotties 83-81, at the Green House. The last meeting between the Saints and Scotties at the Jayhawk Shootout was when Highland defeated Seward County 101-96, on Dec. 5, 2003.

This season, Highland has struggled picking up three victories, with two of their wins coming against four-year junior varsity programs. The Scotties are led by four players all averaging double figures in scoring including, Jewell Carter (15.0 ppg., 5.3 rpg.), DeWayne Wright (14.1 ppg., 5.6 apg.,17 three-pointers), Chris Combs (11.0 ppg., 19-for-20 FT) and Dave Calloway (10.5 ppg., 5-for-11 3PT).

The Scotties are coming off a 77-66 victory on Tuesday night over Southeast Nebraska C.C. In addition, Highland is currently leading the Region and is fourth in the NJCAA in team free throw percentage (.760).

Kansas City Kansas has started the season 7-1 overall, which includes four victories over four-year J.V. competition. In fact, the Blue Devils are entering the Jayhawk Shootout following three straight J.V. contests. The last time KCK played a junior college team was on Nov. 13, when they lost a road game at Hesston College, 44-56.

The Blue Devils are a rare combination, they rank first in the Region VI in scoring defense allowing just 49.3 points per game, and they are also last in the Region VI in scoring offense, tallying just 61.7 points per game.

KCK is also out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 19 boards per contest. Leading the Blue Devils this season has been Travis Fairley (8.4 ppg., 6.1 rpg.), John Hale (8.3 ppg., 5.6 rpg.) and Maurice Knight (6.1 ppg., 5.6 rpg.).