Lions wing-it, fly to 89-57 win
Feemster's trifecta a hunger-buster
SAGU soars to 6-0 for first time in a decade
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Five players scored in double-figures as the men’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University flew past Arlington Baptist College, 89-57, on Monday night at the Sheaffer Center. Almost as though they had wings.
The Flyin’ Lion, as senior leader Ronald Horne (Waco, Tx / Univ. of N.Texas, Waco HS) is known, was beaming afterwards. “It’s all about team,” he said on a court filled with appreciative fans. “We’re winning and we all share in that reward.”
True, but SAGU fans shared in another collective reward.
When the team makes 13 three-point baskets in a game this season, a popular eatery in town, Buffalo Wild Wings, provides six-free wings with any purchase. The Lions were stuck on 12 until the closing seconds. With a large crowd standing on their feet cheering “We want wings,” it appeared they would go hungry.
Before he could shoot, Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx / Westbury Christian) was fouled with only four seconds remaining. He made the first free throw, and then missed the second. James Southerland (Macomb, Ill / Macomb HS) leapt for the rebound. He tapped it out to Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Christian), who was alone atop the key.
The 6-foot-5 forward fired a shot for campus cravings and hit the spot! Feemster’s 3-ball at the buzzer sent a rush of fans onto the court where they mobbed the freshman as though he satisfied world hunger.
Now 6-0 for the first time in over a decade, the Lions are also quenching the thirsts of fans longing for a winning campaign on the hardwood.
New head coach Donnie Bostwick spread playing time among 13 bucketeers, with his starters playing 22 minutes or less.
Sophomore guard Craig Grigsby (Houston, Tx / Glenda Dawson HS) led the quintet who reached 10 or more points by bagging 15. He connected on 6-of-9 shots. His effort included four rebounds, a pair of foul shots, a triple and a breakaway dunk. Not bad for a 5-foot-10 hoopster.
Feemster poured in 13 during 17-minutes on the court, though fans will remember only his final three points. The “Wing Man” made a pair of them, actually, and knocked down all three FT’s when fouled moments earlier on an attempted trifecta.
It was James Ford (Victoria, Tx / Faith Academy) who was effective from the arc where the junior launched seven with four finding the bottom of the net. He finished with 12-points in just thirteen minutes.
Mike Nwelue (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) and Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Okla Wesleyan Univ, Trinity Christian-CH) tossed in 11 apiece. Nwelue (New-WELL-ah-way) had a thunderous dunk, the first of several on this night of flight. Rambo dished out five dimes and was one of eight Lions to stroke a trey.
The team hit 13-of-38 (34%) from long distance. Including all shots, SAGU drained 46% of their tries. SAGU from the start, including 47-25 at the half.
Horne and Guidry tossed in eight and seven points, respectively.
Southwestern outboarded the upstart Patriots by a 40-25 margin, paced by Nathaniel Duce Ward (Waco, Tx / Univ. N. Texas, Connally HS) and Christian Wood-Dvorak (Halletsville, Tx / Halletsville HS), who each snared six caroms. Four others had four boards apiece.
The Patriots, now 2-3, were led by guards Josh Green and Rod Reed, who both netted 17-points. Each made 5-of-8 three-pointers as ABC kept pace with the Lions in triples until the final four minutes.
Southwestern's Upcoming Schedule
The team returns to the court this Saturday, November 26, when they travel to Stephenville to face #8 ranked Tarleton State University in an exhibition game. The NCAA Division II Texans are currently 3-1. TSU will play Paul Quinn College tonight, a fellow member of the Red River Athletic Conference.
SAGU’s next game marks the start of the RRAC season. They travel to Muskogee, Oklahoma for a clash with Bacone College on Saturday, December 3. Their next appearance at home is set for Monday, December 5, when the University of the Southwest visits.
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