Rainbow of threes end in pot 'o gold

Monday 5pm Finals: SAGU (29-3) meets St. Thomas (27-5)

Box Score

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Irish folklore tells the tale of a diminutive, brightly colored character who collects gold coins in a crock at the base of a rainbow.

The mythical creature is just a fable.

On Saturday night, many observers may have gotten a glimpse of a modern day parallel in one, Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Okla. Wesleyan University, Trinity Christian School). The 5-foot-10 junior guard came to the Red River Athletic Conference tournament dressed in bright green.

The national leader in steals produced his own rainbow in the form of his long, high-arching shots. Many of them appeared to come through the clouds before being deposited through a copper-colored cylinder.

Rambo enjoyed one his brightest nights ever when his team was also clicking on all cylinders in a 98-83 triumph over Texas Wesleyan University.

The win advances the Lions (29-3) to Monday night’s 5:00pm tournament championship game against the University of St. Thomas (27-5).

Wesleyan (21-11), who entered this season enjoying a 29-2 mastery of SAGU, dropped their third straight meeting to the Purple Pride.

The Rams may have been spent from their dramatic, 101-92 victory over Our Lady of the Lake University the night before.

Rambo capped a 15-1 run by the Lions, which opened up a 38-21 lead in a span of 4:46, with a tall, curving three-ball, his only score of the rally.

SAGU widened their lead to 48-26 and were shooting 57% as a team at the time.

Efficiently distributing the ball with their motion offense, the Lions controlled the tempo of the game as well as their share of the rebounds.

Coach Donnie Bostwick’s club held the Rams at bay the rest of the night. Well, almost all of the Rams.

Senior Oscar Griffin finished with his best career performance, netting 40 points. He made 12-of-18 shots, including 7-of-10 from long distance. The 6’4 guard from Philadelphia also grabbed 10 rebounds.

This magical night, however, belonged to the Lions and Rambo in particular.

He stopped and popped four-of-seven trifectas in each half, and totaled a career-best 43 points before Bostwick pulled him with three-minutes remaining and Team Purp holding a 93-73 lead.

During one segment he dialed up three consecutive long-distance calls – each were answered - and added a knifing layup as the SAGU advantage swelled to 26 points (76-50) with 8:43 left in the game.

The Lions received stellar play from their forwards, Duce Ward (Waco, Tx / Connally HS), Mike Nwelue (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) and Jon Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS).

The three shoveled rebounds like stokers scooping coal into a locomotive.

They combined for 28 of the team’s 42 boards, often fueling the offense with outlet passes to Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Okla. Wesleyan Univ., Hondo HS), Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx / Westbury Christian) and Rambo.

The trio of big men soared to reel in 12 of the team’s 17 offensive rebounds.

Walter and Nwelue, both sophomores, had it going with a blend of power and finesse on defense and offense. Walter hit a pair of treys as well as a contested, one-handed jam in transition.

Nwelue (like DWELL-way) connected on 6-of-9 attempts, ranging from two 15-foot wristers, a pair of turn-around jumpers and two screaming dunks.

One of the latter came during a 3-on-3 break when Rambo, on the left wing, pulled up for a three. He looked to his left while lifting a no-look lob to his right. Nwelue’s hammered the ball so fiercely that it bounced off the ground well ahead of his touching down.

Walter and Nwelue jump-started the Pride with four points apiece to begin their 15-1 burst in the first half.

Wesleyan answered the Lions’ efficient offense in the second half, but couldn’t sustain a run long enough to draw closer than 15-points.

Supporting Rambo’s 43 point eruption, were Nwelue, Gentry and Walter with 16, 14 and 13 points respectively.

'Bo's 43 were short of the SAGU record of 50 set in the 1990's by power forward Robbie Shay; the current Head Coach of women's basketball at Bacone College.

It was the Lions' best outing since Ronald Horne torched Bacone for 40 points two years ago. His encore was 39 points three nights later against Paul Quinn College.

Walter led with 11 rebounds, while Nwelue and Ward had nine and eight caroms.

Emmanuel Adoyi (Little Rock, Ark / Parkview HS), a defensive stopper, added six points and a pair of big blocks in the paint. His play was limited to twelve minutes due to foul trouble.

Previewing Monday's Championship

Monday’s appearance in the conference tournament final is just the second time in history the Lions have advanced as far. In 2006 they took on regular season champion Houston Baptist University (now D1 members in the NCAA).

While the Huskies rolled past the Lions, 90-57, SAGU had already clinched their first-ever berth in the NAIA tournament in Kansas City. As the no. 32 seed, the Lions succumbed to no. 1 Mountain State University (WVa) (29-3), 84-64, in the first round.

The Purple Pride will again face a formidable foe from Houston in no. 29 ranked St. Thomas.

The game will pit two of the best defensive teams in the nation. The Lions and Celts (pronounced Kelts) rank no. 2 and no. 4 in the NAIA in field goal defense, holding opposing teams to .376 and .380 shooting accuracy.

Shutting down opponents’ long-range shooters beyond the arc is where the red-clad guests are most effective. They lead the nation by holding the opposition to .284 effectiveness from downtown.

Both clubs are cohesive in their style, and are disciplined and hungry. If recent history is an indicator, points will be at a premium on Monday.

The Lions won earlier in Waxahachie, 78-73, and rallied from a late seven-point deficit to edge the Celts, 53-48, in H-town on February 9.

SAGU and HoUSTon have met nine times in the past four seasons, with Southwestern, on the strength of four consecutive triumphs, holding a 5-4 series edge.

The Lions are 4-1 at home while they are 1-3 at the Celts' Jerabeck Athletic & Activities Center.

The average score in the series has the Lions scoring 64.2 to the Celts 62.4. (Scores posted below)

Three-point success was experienced by both teams in the first game, with SAGU making 11 and UST swishing 10. That was not the case in the latest clash when the Lions were held to 3-of-19 (16%) and the Celts to 4-of-17 (23%).

SAGU managed to hit just 16-of-62 shots (26%), but countered by controlling the glass, 47-42, snatching 18 offensive caroms, as well as knocking down 18-of-25 free throws.

Individually, St. Tom’s has an impressive line-up under Head Coach Todd Smith, a former Assistant Coach at Rice University.

Point guard Travis Lampley is perhaps the best in the country. He scores 12.7 points per game and leads the NAIA in assists at 9.7 apg.

Forward Caleb Williams, a 6’5 senior, can light it up. He scores a team-best 15.1 ppg. His 45% eye from threesville is among the national leaders.

Proletariat Bryan Kaase (KAH-see), a 6’4 senior, scores 13.9 ppg and averages 7.4 rebounds.

Both teams have already punched their tickets to Kansas City for the NAIA nationals and would love to claim their first conference tournament crown.

St. Thomas and SAGU each have a lion as their mascot, and on Monday they'll decide which is the king of the jungle.

Media: Video HD Broadcast, LiveStats Webcast

Fans can view the game on SAGU Sports Live in HD, where the pre-game show starts at 4:45pm. Visit www.sagu.edu/tv for free access. Tim Roberts will host the broadcast.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

SAGU-UST Series

(Scores listed with most recent games first)   Team W-L Record in parenthesis.

2012-13    (SAGU 29-3) (UST 27-5)

W 53-48 Away

W 78-73 Home

2011-12 (SAGU 27-11) (UST 18-13)

W 67-60 RRAC Tournament at SAGU

W 72-55 Home

L 68-76 Away

2010-11    (SAGU 10-22) (UST 13-14)

L 59-64 Home

L 56-71 Away

2009-2010    (SAGU 13-21) (UST 9-15)

L 59-67

W 66-48 Home


 

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Hoops teams in action Saturday at St. Gregory's

Hoops teams in action Saturday at St. Gregory's

Jan 18, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

Lady Lions play at 3:00pm, Lions at 5:00pm Overview of both games posted below WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University is set to play a road basketball&nb...

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Bostwick comments on the win over John Brown

Bostwick comments on the win over John Brown

Jan 17, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

Coach praises strengths of defenders Gentry, Rambo Backcourt duo includes "the best defender in the country" WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Thursday night’s 63-5...

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SAGU grounds Golden Eagles, 63-52

SAGU grounds Golden Eagles, 63-52

Jan 17, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

Gentry, Rambo, Walter, 'D' shutdown John Brown Saturday in the S.A.C.: SAGU (14-1) at St. Gregory's (13-2), 5:00pm Box Score and Standings (links below) Coach Bostwick's...

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SAGU hosts John Brown Univ. on Thursday PM

SAGU hosts John Brown Univ. on Thursday PM

Jan 15, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

Lady Lions (8-8) vs Golden Eagles (11-3) at 6:00pm Lions (13-1) vs Golden Eagles (12-3), 8:00pm SAGU Sports Live to broadcast both games in HD WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwest...

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Grit and heart propel Lions over Stars, 68-63

Grit and heart propel Lions over Stars, 68-63

Jan 14, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

Bostwick calls defensive standoff his favorite game SAGU hosts John Brown (12-3) in Thursday night biggie Box Score and Standings links below WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  They ...

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Replay Lions' Top 12 Plays-of-the-Night

Replay Lions' Top 12 Plays-of-the-Night

Jan 12, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

SAGU takes 80-71 conference win behind playmakers Lions host Oklahoma City University on Monday at 8:00pm WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  One of the wonders of film is the ability to recal...

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Pair of scoring surges propel Lions to 80-71 win

Pair of scoring surges propel Lions to 80-71 win

Jan 12, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

SAGU tops Science & Arts with 12-0, 11-0 runs Oklahoma City visits the Sheaffer Center on Monday night Links below to:  Box Score, Play-by-Play, Standings and Photo Gallery WAX...

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SAGU looks to brand Drovers with W's

Jan 11, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

Lady Lions host USAO at 3:00pm; Lions play at 5pm SAGU Sports Live will broadcast all of today's excitement! Links to HD Video and LiveStats listed below PREVIEWS of both games...

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Lions steady in 86-80 road win over Wesleyan

Lions steady in 86-80 road win over Wesleyan

Jan 10, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

Gentry, Walter, Adoyi come up big to stymie Rams SAGU hosts USAO on Saturday at 5pm; rematch of NAIA opener Box Score and Standings (links below) FORT WORTH, Texas  --  Southw...

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SAGU in Ft. Worth to tangle with Rams

SAGU in Ft. Worth to tangle with Rams

Jan 09, 2014 - Mens Basketball News

Fans can make the short trip or follow on Live Stats Rebounding is urgent for Lady Lions; all-out defense for Lions Men's SAC Preview of all 11 teams (click here for attachment) ...

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SAGU moves up to No. 2 in NAIA Poll

SAGU moves up to No. 2 in NAIA Poll

Jan 08, 2014 - Mens 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 NAI...

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Rambo garners National Player of the Week award

Rambo garners National Player of the Week award

Jan 07, 2014 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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

Jan 02, 2014 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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

Dec 08, 2013 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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 - Mens 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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