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National ranking system 'ludicrous'

Nevin Gleddie and the University College of the Cariboo Sun Demons simply cannot get any respect. Ranked as the No.

Nevin Gleddie and the University College of the Cariboo Sun Demons simply cannot get any respect.

Ranked as the No. 1 basketball team in Canada since September, the Demons suffered their first conference loss of the season Friday, dropping a 70-67 result to the Fraser Valley Cascades

The loss knocked them down to third place in the Canadian College Athletics Association rankings.

"I think it's ludicrous," says Gleddie, head coach. "I didn't think we should even move one spot for losing by three points to the defending national champions in their gym. It's an indication of the lack of respect our conference gets on a national level."

The Demons more than made up for the loss the next night, destroying the Okanagan Lakers 84-46 in Kelowna.

"Obviously, it's not that we're playing poorly. We lost to a good team in their gym."

The rankings upset Gleddie because they could come back to haunt the team should it make this year's nationals, March 15-17 at Humber College in Toronto.

"If we do qualify, they're going to look at those rankings and that is going to play a role in how we're seeded. That's my only concern. If you're seeded No. 1 then you play No. 8. As No. 3, we'll play the winner from another conference first rather than second place."

Gleddie isn't one to sit and complain. The Demons are already looking forward rather than back.

"Anything I say is going to sound like sour grapes. We're moving on."

By doing so, Gleddie and the rest of the Demons are now concentrating on this weekend's matchups.

Today, the Capilano Blues are in town, followed by tomorrow's tilt against the Langara Falcons.

Defence and strong team play will lead to the Demons' success, says Gleddie.

"We don't have one or two guys who put up big numbers, we have five or six guys who regularly are in double digits. We're very balanced in our system."

The women's team, ranked 12th in the nation, will look for a winning track against the Blues and the Falcons this weekend. The Demons lost 60-51 to the Cascades and 44-37 to the Lakers last weekend.

Tonight's action at UCC gym starts at 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men. Tomorrow's games go at 6:15 and 8:15 p.m.