Seward County will look to win its fourth NJCAA Region VI Tournament title on Tuesday night. Seward defeated Cloud County Community College 69-54 on Monday to advance to the championship game for the first time since 2002. The Saints played dominating defense and used a big run in the second half to set up their first match-up this season against a nationally-ranked opponent. The Saints have now won 15 of their last 16 games overall, and enter Tuesday on an eight-game winning streak. Saintsí first-year head coach Bryan Zollinger has been a member of two Region VI Championships at SCCC. He was a player in 1985 during Seward Countyís first-ever title, and he was an assistant coach in 1995 during the Saintsí second Region VI championship. Seward County is limiting its opponents to 57.7 points per game during three Region VI Tournament games this post-season.

The Saints have played the Tigers seven times during the last eight years, with the most recent coming last season at the Pratt Thanksgiving Classic. Seward County defeated Cowley 97-87 in the most recent contest (11/24/06), although Cowley didnít return any players from last seasonís roster. Since 2000-2001, Seward County leads the overall series, 4-3. The Saints and Tigers are 1-1 against each other in Liberal and Arkansas City, but SCCC owns a slight 2-1 advantage in games played on a neutral court.

First-year head coach Steve Eck has led the Cowley program to a school-record 31 victories this season, after inheriting a program that went 16-15 last season. The Tigers earned a spot in the title game by defeating the defending Region VI champions, Coffeyville, 74-63. Cowley has only suffered two losses this season, the first at home against Northern Oklahoma - Tonkawa (49-57) and the second in Jayhawk East play on the road against Independence (74-86). Cowley leads the Region VI in nine team statistical categories this season.

In addition, Zollinger and Eck took over two programs that combined had a 33-29 (.532) overall record last season. The two first-year coaches have led their new programs in a different direction this season combining for a 59-7 (.894) overall mark.