Men's basketball wins SAC championship first year in conference
Waxahachie, Texas — February 21, 2014 — On Tuesday, February 18, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men's basketball went 101-88 over Northwood university, winning the Sooner Athletic Conference championship their first year in the conference. The win secured a berth in the 2014 NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, March 19-25.
Fans were told to prepare for a "blackout" during the conference title game — encouraged to wear their black "Believe" shirts to support the team. Each season, Coach Bostwick creates a scriptural theme to encourage his players. This year's theme was "Believe" based on John 6:21 when Jesus gets on to the boat, and it immediately reached the shore where they were headed.
During the Lions' win over Northwood University, they lit up the court with 18 three-point baskets that led to a 101-88 triumph. Trailing 12-10 the Lions went on a 27-9 run in which five players made seven triples. It established a 37-21 upper hand they never relinquished.
Leading the assault were senior guards Caleb Gentry and Rambo who collaborated for 10 threes in 17 attempts. Rambo finished with 31 points, 6-of-11 threes, five rebounds and three steals. Gentry had sixteen points, four-of-six from downtown, four assists and three steals.
Guidry accounted for five assists and 18 points while connecting on 3-of-5 from outside the curve. He has come off the bench for successive 18-point outings. Jonathan Walter and Mills both accounted for eight points, while Emmanuel Adoyi netted seven.
Happy fans went home with a win, a coupon for six free wings from Waxahachie Buffalo Wild Wings for the team's 14 three-point baskets, and a coupon for a free Taco Bell taco for scoring more than 100 points.
Having won the Red River Athletic Conference a year ago, this was the team's second consecutive conference title. Before the national tournament, the lions will compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament in Shawnee, Oklahoma, March 5-8.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.