February 26, 2007
Tifton - It is been a record breaking year for the ABAC men's basketball team.
The team has already broken the school record for victories and achieved their highest ranking ever in the national junior polls this season when the Stallions were ranked ninth in the nation. The man who has built the ABAC basketball program into a national power is head coach Todd Shepard.
Shepard on Monday was named the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association's Coach of the Year.
Shepard earns the honor in his fourth season with the Stallions which ABAC won a school record 26 regular season games.
The 26 wins breaks the previous record of 24 set in 1982, the last time ABAC won the state junior college championship.
Two of Shepard's top players have earned first team all- regiononors.
They are former Albany High forward Leon Buchanan who leads the Stallions in scoring. And former Westover High standout Brandon Shingles who is averaging over six assists a game.
Sophomore Jerrenda Wheeler earned honorable mention all conference honors.
ABAC is the second seed in the GJCAAA men's tournament.
The Stallions will play the South Georgia Tech/Coastal Georgia winner in the semifinals Friday at 5:00pm at Georgia Perimeter College.
The Jets will host Coastal Georgia in a tournament play-in game Tuesday at 7:00pm in Americus.
The top seed and tournament host Jaguars play at 7:00pm Friday against the winner of the other Tuesday play-in game betwee Truett-McConnell and Middle Georgia.
That game will be played in Cochran on Tuesday.