SAGU to play Thursday at 7:45pm (CST)

Lions knock down 11 three-pointers

WINONA LAKE, Indiana  --  Junior guard James Ford (Victoria, Tx / Faith Academy) popped a clutch three-point basket that gave the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men's basketball team a lead they never relinquished, 71-70, sparking an 80-73 overtime victory over The Master's College on Wednesday afternoon.

Box Score (click to access)

In a tight second half that saw the score tied nine times and the lead change hands six times, it was only fitting that Wednesday's quarterfinal clash between #4 seed SAGU and #5 Master's College (Cal) be decided in overtime.

Ford, who took a pass from Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Oklahoma Wesleyan Univ, Trinity Christian School) and stroked the triple from the left wing, hit four-of-five shots and finished the game with 13 points. Rambo led all scorers with a game-high 20 points.

The Lions advance to play on Thursday at 7:45pm (CST) against the top-seeded Cedarville University (Oh) (21-9) at approximately 7:45pm (CST).

Southwestern’s game will be broadcast by the Game Plans Sports Network on video livestream. Visit the Grace College website for access to the free service or go to http://www.gpsnonline.com/watch-live/

Eight teams are competing for the National Christian College Athletic Association's 2012 championship this week in Northern Indiana.

Game Recap; First Half

The Lions started strongly, and then struggled before regrouping to battle the Mustangs basket for basket until the end of regulation. Then, they surged ahead in overtime and pulled away to improve their record 26-10.

Physical play inside was a two-edged sword for the Mustangs (19-15). Led by players who gobbled up rebounds and points, Master’s overcame a 14-point first-half deficit. It also led to more free throws for SAGU, who converted 15-of-24 tries.

Still, even with the Mustangs’ display of strength, SAGU managed to have a 41-38 advantage in rebounds, including 12-9 on the offensive glass.

Two other areas combined to benefit Southwestern enough to produce a win; three-point field goals and ball protection. The Lions made 11 triples and just 12 turnovers, compared to the Ponies’ seven and 15.

Southwestern started the game with a bang when Rambo made a three-point play just three seconds after Mike Nwelue (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) won the opening tip.

They stretched to lead to 14-3 on a pair of plays by Ford.

He grabbed an offensive miss of a Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Christian Academy) three-ball and, netted the putback despite being angled sideways in the paint. Moments later he spotted Christian Wood-Dvorak (Halletsville, Tx / Halletsville HS) alone at the top of the key. Connectamundo!

As the Mustangs began to cash in on interior match-ups, head coach Donnie Bostwick countered with Mo Oglesby (Arlington, Tx / Zion Academy). He took a dime from Rambo on the right block and scored with authority for an 18-10 lead.

Rambo swiped the ball from Casey Trujeque and went coast-to-coast with the most, then sent a pass to the left wing, where Craig Grigsby (Houston, Tx / Glenda Dawson HS) knocked down his second triple for a 23-13 margin at 10:23.

Dvorak forced a turnover under the basket and turned it into points when Jonathan Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS) wristed a trifecta from near the apex of the arc. The 29-15 lead grew to 32-18 following a trey from the right wing by Ford on a Feemster helper at the 7:40 mark.

The Mustangs began executing better offensively behind the play of guards Leif Karlberg and Devin Dyer, with drives and jumpers while finishing some well-applied interior screens for baskets.

Two scores from 6-foot-6 Chris Patureau, a Texas native, drew the blue-cladded Mustangs to within 32-28, capping a 10-0 run.

The half ended when Patureau’s short toss to 6’8 Anthony Wells led to an up-and-under move for a basket that sliced SAGU’s lead to 36-34 at recess.

Second Half Review

The second stanza continued with more of the same from Master’s, who are from Santa Clarita, California.

Dyer and Karlberg found the range and, after Paul Brown retrieved an offensive carom, Anthony Cammon drained a three from the top of the key to lead 41-36.

The 23-4 stampede would be the most impressive stretch of play for the Mustangs. They could not sustain it.

Implored by Coach Bostwick to keep working and playing through the Master’s show of resistance, SAGU fought back.

The remainder of the game was fiercely contested, with teams exchanging big shots with defensive stops.

Ronald Horne (Waco, Tx / Univ of N.Texas, Waco HS) snapped off a three-ball from the left edge with an assist from Rambo, and SAGU would come back. A Grigsby pass led to a Rambo triple that deadlocked the score at 58.

The Mustangs hindered their cause in the final five minutes with a pair of lane violations that negated made free throws. Holding a two-point lead, a traveling citation on a wide-open layup opened the door for the hungry Lions.

Trailing 65-64 with thirty seconds to play, the team needed a score desperately.

They got it from Grigsby, the fearless sophomore guard. With the ball at the elbow, he bolted down the right side of the lane, cut inside, and leapt towards the rack. Amid the larger Steeds, he delayed his shot momentarily, and then converted from point-blank range.

Fouled, his ‘and one’ toss lifted the Lions into a 68-66 lead with 0:15 to play.

Cammon, TMC’s top scorer during the season, scored the equalizer when he found a seam in the defense and bagged an eight-footer that softly kissed off the glass. SAGU failed to get off a shot in the final three seconds.

Overtime: tied at 68

As the Lions broke from their huddle prior to overtime, Coach Bostwick’s charge was clear: “Everything you do, do it strong!” And they did.

After missing two shots and committing a turnover, the Lions were about to seize control of the game.

Ford told Rambo to “look for me on the side.” Seconds later he did just that, flipping a dart to the six-foot junior on the left side.

“He got it to me in perfect rhythm,” Ford said. Feeling his mojo, he gunned it. Bullseye! SAGU led for good, 71-70.

A steal by Horne was sent to Rambo. He slashed inside and, airborne, was cutoff. He flicked a backhanded pass to Dvorak in the corner. From the right, the freshman with the corkscrewed locks eschewed a pass back to Rambo on the block and, instead, triggered a trey. Magnifique! 74-70, Lions.

‘Bo added another assist with forty-two seconds left when Nwelue stroked a perimeter jumper from 14-feet for a 76-71 upper hand.

SAGU put it on ice as Horne and Ford each sank a pair of free throws in the final thirty ticks

Statistics; Player and Team Totes

Rambo finished with 20 points, six assists and three steals – all game-high honors. Ford and Dvorak came off thicse bench, each making 4-of-5 shots. The former had 13-points, the latter racked up 11 with eight boards.

Grigsby also chipped in with 11.

Horne’s game included six points, seven rebounds, two dimes and two thefts. Duce Ward (Waco, Tx / Univ. of N.Texas, Connally HS) had a quiet nine-point, six boards, and two blocked shots. Nwelue added four points and six caroms.

Dvorak led the downtown discharges with three makes, followed by Grigsby, Rambo and Ford with two apiece.

For the game, SAGU made 41% of their shots while The Master’s converted 45%. In extra time, in which the Jungle Kings outscored the Mustangs, 12-5, SAGU connected on 3-of-6 shots compared to the Ponies’ 2-of-10.

On the charity stripe, Southwestern made all four of their tries. TMC went 1-of-5.

Wednesday Quarterfinal Results

The sixth-seeded Emmanuel College (Ga) upset #3 Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn), 73-66 in Wednesday’s opening game. Another surprise came next when Hope International (Cal) stunned the defending champions from Dallas Baptist University. The #7 Hope Royals edged the #2 Patriots, 63-58.

Emmanuel will play Hope at 6:00pm (CST) on Thursday for a berth in Saturday’s 4:00pm (CST) final.

After Southwestern’s 80-73 overtime win against Master’s, the #1 seed, Cedarville University (Oh) rolled past #8 Truett-McConnell (Ga), 88-68. They outscored the Bears, 53-37, after halftime.

Contact: Mark "Link" Warde, Sports Information Director

 

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SAGU moves up to No. 2 in NAIA Poll

Jan 08, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Lions earn one first-place vote, trail UPike (12-1) Waxahachie, Texas — January 9, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) appears at No. 2 in this week’s N...

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Rambo garners National Player of the Week award

Rambo garners National Player of the Week award

Jan 07, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Coach Bostwick explains individual honor is for the team Link to NAIA official announcement:  http://www.naia.org/  View Highlights vs. MACU (directions below) WAXAH...

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Rambo named SAC Player of the Week

Rambo named SAC Player of the Week

Jan 07, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Senior point guard scored 40 and 32 points in two games Watch highlights of the win over MACU on Facebook WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  On the strength of averaging 36 points per ga...

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Lions place five in double-digits, win 79-66

Lions place five in double-digits, win 79-66

Jan 07, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Back-to-back-to-back treys are one of three scoring runs Rambo, Walter, Feemster pace the Pride; SAGU plays Thursday at Rams Box Score, Standings links (below) BETHANY, Oklahoma &n...

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Lions cage high-scoring Evangels, 82-77

Lions cage high-scoring Evangels, 82-77

Jan 05, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU hands MACU first conference defeat Rambo, Feemster combine for 52 pts, defense forces 23 turnovers Photo Gallery, Box Score, Standings (links below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- &nbs...

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Lions hold off MACU, 82-77, improve to 9-1

Lions hold off MACU, 82-77, improve to 9-1

Jan 05, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  No. 3 Southwestern Assemblies of God University overcame a quality opponent in nationally ranked Mid-America Christian University (Ok), 82-77, on Saturday evening i...

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SAGU hosts first-ever SAC games on Saturday

SAGU hosts first-ever SAC games on Saturday

Jan 04, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

MACU teams lead the SAC; men score 99 ppg Evangels rosters sprinkled with Texans; games aired in HD WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Playing Mid-America Christian University is not new for ...

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Lions corral Bison, 89-76

Lions corral Bison, 89-76

Jan 03, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Rambo racks up 40, wins shootout with Woods Lions host front-running MACU on Saturday; game aired on SAGU TV Box Score, Play-by-Play, and Standings links below SHAWNEE, Oklahoma &...

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SAGU holds off OBU, 89-76; Rambo scores 40

SAGU holds off OBU, 89-76; Rambo scores 40

Jan 02, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma  --  In the first league game for Southwestern Assemblies of God University, behind the explosive play of Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Chr CH, Ok Wesleyan Univ&...

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Lions open league season Thursday at OBU

Lions open league season Thursday at OBU

Jan 02, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Watch the match-up to SAC's top two teams in Coaches' Poll Game Day Preview / Video Coverage  (click here) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of the league season in th...

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SAGU holds off Patriots, 75-70, improve to 7-1

SAGU holds off Patriots, 75-70, improve to 7-1

Dec 17, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Walter erupts for career-best 30 points Bostwick also lauds play of Gentry, Gumwell Links Below:   Box Score, Photo Gallery from the game, Current Standings, Individual Player Sta...

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Lions close semester at home on Monday

Lions close semester at home on Monday

Dec 16, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Arlington Baptist (4-5) takes on No. 3 SAGU (6-1) Patriots' ability to limit outside shooters will be put to the test WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The first semester comes to an end...

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No. 3 Lions shake off rust in 74-49 triumph

No. 3 Lions shake off rust in 74-49 triumph

Dec 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU depth, defense wears down Tigers Feemster, Walter fuel offense; Mitchell blocks seven shots Box Score (at bottom of story) Current SAC Standings:   http://www.soonerathle...

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Lions rise to #3 in NAIA Coaches Poll

Lions rise to #3 in NAIA Coaches Poll

Dec 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU is tied with Pikeville College in third Columbia College (8-0), Georgetown College (9-1) are No. 1, No. 2 (Entire Poll posted below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The first...

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Bostwick talks about being picked #2 in the SAC

Bostwick talks about being picked #2 in the SAC

Dec 08, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Lions Head Coach discusses fans and home games SAGU begins conference season the first week in January WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of Southwestern Assemblies of God Universit...

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SAGU has local road game on Tuesday

SAGU has local road game on Tuesday

Dec 08, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Catch the Lions, Lady Lions in S.E. Dallas Study Break for fans; SAGU has home game on Dec. 16 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  While its finals week at Southwestern Assemblies of God Unive...

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SAC Coaches pick Lions to finish second

SAC Coaches pick Lions to finish second

Dec 05, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Oklahoma Baptist voted as the team beat SAGU hosts OBU on Jan. 4 in broadcast biggie WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The head coaches in the Sooner Athletic Conference picked Oklahoma Bapt...

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River Pilots steer past Lions, 84-75

River Pilots steer past Lions, 84-75

Nov 26, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU outscored 12-4 in final five minutes Conference season begin on Dec. 5 vs OKC Stars Box Score and Play By Play (links below) Next Coaches Top 25 Poll:  December 10 SH...

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No. 5 Lions take on #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight

No. 5 Lions take on #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight

Nov 25, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Fans can follow the game's play-by-play on-line Friendly rivals meet at 7pm on the Red River at The Dock SHREVEPORT, Louisiana  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God Universi...

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SAGU goes to 5-0, top Crusaders, 89-71

SAGU goes to 5-0, top Crusaders, 89-71

Nov 20, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Erskine pours in 23, Feemster has second double-double Next up for Lions; road trip to No. 2 LSU-Shreveport Current SAC Standings:   http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/4.php ...

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Follow Lions roar tonight on Twitter

Follow Lions roar tonight on Twitter

Nov 19, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU teams play at 6pm/8pm in Richardson Games will be rematches from November 5th doubleheader WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s an...

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Lions cage Tigers, 82-67; whip 13 three-pointers

Lions cage Tigers, 82-67; whip 13 three-pointers

Nov 15, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU off to 4-0 start for third straight year Gentry, Guidry, Mills, Feemster reach double-digits Box Score (link below) SAC Standings:   http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/4...

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SAGU entertains Paul Quinn tonight at 7:30pm

SAGU entertains Paul Quinn tonight at 7:30pm

Nov 14, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Men's hoopsters ranked No. 3 in NCCAA pre-season WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Ranked number 5 in the NAIA's Pre-Season Top 25 Coaches Poll, the Southwestern Assemblies of God Univer...

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Lions top No. 2 LSU-Shreveport, 83-72

Lions top No. 2 LSU-Shreveport, 83-72

Nov 12, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Erskine, defense propels No. 5 SAGU against Pilots O'Neill, Davis, Starks provide essential lift for Team Purp WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Sparked by a solid defensive effort, the ...

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#5 Lions host #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight at 7pm

#5 Lions host #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight at 7pm

Nov 12, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Teams almost met in last year's NAIA championship game Preview of Players to Watch WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Tonight’s clash between No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport and No. 5 r...

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SAGU tops McPherson in OT, 92-82

SAGU tops McPherson in OT, 92-82

Nov 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Gentry, Mills, Feemster lead Lions to 2-0 start On Deck: No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport on Tuesday Box Score  and SAC Standings (links below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Dem...

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Gentry's infectious, "all out" energy drives Lions

Gentry's infectious, "all out" energy drives Lions

Nov 07, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Wood-surfing typifies desire of senior leader NEXT: SAGU plays host to McPherson College, Sat., 5:00pm SAC Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/4.php  WAXAHACHIE...

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Snowstorm of threes lead Lions to 95-62 win

Nov 06, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

All ten players score, seven drain treys in SAGU debut Point Parade: Gentry 21, Mills 17, O'Neill 15, Feemster 13 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  After a near-packed Sheaffer Center cr...

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Hoops season tips off to threat of snow

Hoops season tips off to threat of snow

Nov 05, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU is ranked #5 in NAIA Coaches Poll Lions play host to Dallas Christian on Tuesday night LiveStats link:   http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10 ...

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SAGU men's basketball roster announced

SAGU men's basketball roster announced

Nov 03, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Three starters will return, along with a deep cast Lions open the season at home on Tuesday at 8:00pm WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In his first year as Head Coach at Southwestern Assemb...

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Men's Basketball adds two games

Men's Basketball adds two games

Oct 23, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Lions to play home/away against Ecclesia College SAGU schedule now complete with 30 dates WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men's baske...

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Lions announce 28-game hoops itinerary

Lions announce 28-game hoops itinerary

Oct 03, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU schedule has early national match-up Final roster decisions forthcoming; three starters return WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’...

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National runner-up Lions sign five

National runner-up Lions sign five

May 31, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Solid recruiting class; Bostwick expects to add more SAGU introduces Davis, Dixon, Gumwell, Mills, Mitchell WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Head Coach Donnie Bostwick wasted litt...

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Delivering service 3-points at a time

Delivering service 3-points at a time

May 07, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Senior Spotlight: Hoopster James "Truck" Ford A heart for God and a penchant for the trifecta WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Known for a tender heart and killer three-point s...

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View the "Journey to Greatness"

View the "Journey to Greatness"

May 01, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Video captures Lions championship season Highlights of big plays and big dunks in big games  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The recently produced video that chronicles the hi...

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Hall of Fame to post Rambo photo

Hall of Fame to post Rambo photo

Apr 18, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Coach Bostwick named NABC President WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The memories from the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball team’s run to the national championship ...

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Rambo named NAIA Co-Player of the Year

Rambo named NAIA Co-Player of the Year

Apr 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Waxahachie, Texas — April 11, 2013 — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee announced Southwestern As...

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