Gentry's infectious, "all out" energy drives Lions
Wood-surfing typifies desire of senior leader
NEXT: SAGU plays host to McPherson College, Sat., 5:00pm
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WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball teams turned in a successful debut performance against Dallas Christian College in a 95-62 victory on Tuesday.
Ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, they may have been missing some familiar names but the recognizable features of a Donnie Bostwick-coached team were on full display.
Pressure defense, offensive rebounds, three-pointers and that clear brand: "all out," as in going all out. It is typified by 'wood surfing.'
Senior guard Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ) often sets the pace; scrapping, drawing charges, and fearless effort with little regard for staying upright.
One play in the first half typified the desire that can spell the difference in winning and losing.
After the interior defense separated a Crusader from the ball, Gentry lunged for it at the top of the key. Unable to retrieve it, he then scrambled to his feet, racing for the Rawlings as though it were his “precious” ring.
‘Hondo’ again dove head-first at midcourt, skin-screeching as he gained custody. The crowd roared its approval!
The response from the well-built catalyst is simple. “More possessions means more chances with the ball.” He says the same about crashing the offensive glass.
In the end the Lions attempted 77 shots, fifteen more than their counterparts.
SAGU sank 46% of their tries while limiting the Crusaders to a 32% success rate.
Two of the team’s baskets came in transition when Gentry connected with a teammate with a behind-the-back pass. Both times they drained a three-pointer.
Gentry is SAGU’s version of a stimulus package; a six-foot, contagious, smile-maker!
“Every good team has a player who sets the tone on toughness and energy,” said third year Head Coach Donnie Bostwick. “Caleb is one of toughest kids I have ever coached.”
“He has the unusual combination of God-given talent, a fearless nature, and the toughness and competitive drive he takes to battle every play.”
Bostwick added that it is “…not a coincidence to me that his name is Joshua Caleb (Gentry)," the Biblical character. "He would have come back from spying on the promise land totally believing it was ‘his for the taking.’”
“I tell ya, the kid is fearless and his faith makes that one incredible combination on the basketball floor.”
Gentry led the team in assists (4) and steals (5) as well as in scoring with 21 points.
His triple from the baseline were the team’s first points of the season, setting off a salvo of snowball-like ping pong balls.
The “Texas Snowstorm” is a three-year old tradition that unites fans with the team. It’s as infectious as the team is bent on winning.
To view the complete Box Score, click on the following link. Then, click on the blue split square icon in the right corner to view the play-by-play.
While the Lions played relatively well, they will need to improve when they take to the floor on Saturday evening.
McPherson College, from McPherson, Kansas (pop. 13,218), visits for a 5:00pm (CST) tipoff in the Sheaffer Center. The NAIA Bulldogs are 3-0 and are averaging 83 points per game.
They play at Dallas’ Paul Quinn College on Friday at 7:30pm.