Weekend Sports Summary
Lions ride past #5 OLLU, 106-80
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Four teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University were in action over the weekend playing in seven games from Brownsville to San Antonio to Waxahachie. Complete reviews of each will be posted soon. Here is a brief account of the results:
The Lions trip to the Rio Grand Valley saw them drop three games to nationally ranked University of Texas at Brownsville, 7-6 and 10-1 on Friday, and 5-1 on Saturday. Their record slipped to 8-4 overall and 0-3 in the Red River Athletic Conference.
The highlights were the continued performance of the pitching staff, especially in the opening 5-6 innings of each game, and a grand slam homer by Donovan Vess that gave the team a 6-2 lead in the opener. The tough news was a potentially season-ending injury to one of the team's pitching aces, Mario Mendoza.
The team will play a doubleheader in Longview on Wednesday against LeTourneau University before hosting Huston-Tillotson University in a three-game series next weekend.
SAGU ran into stout competition at Our Lady of the Lake University on Saturday. The Lady Lions, playing in their inaugural season, lost both ends of a twinbill to OLLU by scores of 8-0 and 9-1 where runs were about as tough to get as base hits.
The Lady Lions are off this week before their home debut at the new campus softball park on February 24-25 against Langston University.
A great effort in an entertaining contest saw the Lady Lions take Our Lady of the Lake University to the end before coming up short. The final score, 80-65, was very misleading.
OLLU, with a 20-5 record, had their hands full with SAGU, 9-15, from the start. With just over three minutes left in the game the Lady Lions trailed 65-61, before a closing rush of baskets and turnovers cost them.
Details, along with great photos, will be uploaded soon.
SAGU will face similar competition on Monday when they travel to Oklahoma to play Langston University (23-2). The next home action will be next Saturday, Feb. 18, against LSU-Shreveport (19-6) in the Coaches versus Cancer event.
In what may have been the biggest win since the Lions joined the NAIA over a decade ago, SAGU stunned #5 ranked Our Lady of the Lake University, 106-80, before a near-packed Sheaffer Center on Saturday night. The Saints lead the nation in scoring (98 ppg) and in three-pointers per game (12) and defeated SAGU earlier this season, 98-79.
It was the first-time the Lions have ever beaten a team ranked as high.
Ronald Horne starred in a team-effort that saw six different players contribute 15 three-pointers in a win that satisfied the hunger of the team to beat a headlining opponent and the fans, who received coupons for free food at both Buffalo Wild Wings and Taco Bell.
Great photos of the action will accompany a lengthy game report is forthcoming.
SAGU will be at Langston University (Okla) (6-18 record) on Monday and at Jarvis Christian College (Tex) (8-15) on Thursday before hosting #18 ranked LSU-Shreveport (18-6) next Saturday, Feb. 18.
GAME REPORTS: The accounts of each team will be posted in the order shown on this page.