Lions cage Tigers, 82-67; whip 13 three-pointers
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.php
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University used an 11-0 run late in the first half to seize a lead they would never relinquish in an 82-67 triumph over Paul Quinn College on Thursday night.
The No. 5 ranked Lions improved to 4-0 by dominating the boards, 45-29, and by outscoring the Tigers 75-45 in field goals.
Only a 28 to 8 advantage in free throws (attempted) for Paul Quinn kept the margin under twenty. The guests were only whistled for 10 fouls, SAGU never shooting a one-and-one.
Scrappy play by the Tigers during a 12-2 surge in the first half lifted them to their largest lead (21-15) when Chris Russell drained a three-point basket.
Head Coach Donnie Bostwick called a time out to amp up the Lions’ defense. It fueled eleven unanswered points, with back-to-back baskets from freshman Daniel Mills (Belton, Tx / Belton HS) for a 22-21 advantage.
Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx / Westbury Christian), playing in his first game of the season, turned in a splendid coast-to-coast play before halftime.
He got a defensive rebound and jetted up court. With teammates on either side the left-hander looked left then netted a runner, in traffic, with his right. SAGU led at the break, 28-26.
The second half saw the gold-clad Lions steadily putting distance between them and Paul Quinn.
Guidry converted an offensive putback for a 46-35 lead.
The Caleb Combination of Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ) and Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Chr-Addison, Ranger College) was in full effect.
Gentry knocked down a three-ball from the right wing for a 56-42 advantage. After a Mills triple, he dashed to the rack for a transition hoop, thanks to a sweet pass from Feemster.
Feemster's best dime was dished inside to Karor Gumwell (Victoria, Australia / Victory Christian, Southwestern CC). The 6-foot-7 forward had posted up, and then cut inside to receive a dart from Feemster. He converted to push the lead to 65-49.
Karor (ka-ROAR) is blessed with the ideal name for a Lion. His skills suit him to playing three positions.
Gentry drove the baseline and spotted Mills on the wing for a smooth trey and a 68-50 upper hand.
Guidry was the benefactor of a Gumwell assist for a 3-ball from the right side and a 71-51 margin. A driving, reverse layup by Gentry stretched the lead to 22.
Finding it difficult to draw a foul inside, the Lions turned to the perimeter down the stretch.
Feemster hit consecutive threes from the top of the key, both on Gentry helpers.
The last points for Team Purp came on a Chase Davis (Garland, Tx / Garland Christian) bomb with over a minute to play. The trey was courtesy of an Adam Martinez (Mansfield, Tx / Mansfield HS) assist.
SAGU shot 43% from the field and made 13 three-pointers, much to the consternation of the home crowd.
They were chanting for one more in the final minute. A 14th would have awarded all who were on hand with a coupon for a half dozen free wings at the Waxahachie Buffalo Wild Wings.
The Lions had an 18-5 surplus on the offensive glass, which translated to a 73 to 48 advantage in shots.
Four players reached double figures in scoring. Gentry led with 18, followed by Guidry with 16, Mills 15 and Feemster 13. Gumwell added eight.
Mills, Guidry and Gumwell had seven rebounds apiece, while Gentry and Feemster laid claim to six.
Gentry and Feemster added six and four assists, respectively.
Thirteen players got into the action for SAGU. Seven swished a trifecta, led by three apiece from Mills and Feemster.
The Tigers were led by Colan Weasby’s 18 points. Dwayne Bowden, 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Tevin Williams, who registered 13 points, all played well.
Next Three Games
The Lions next two games are on the road; Tuesday, November 19, at Dallas Christian College, 8:00pm. Monday (Nov. 25) at No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport, 7:00pm.
They return home for the start of conference play on December 5, when nationally ranked Oklahoma City University visits.
SAGU’s 4-0 start equal last year’s beginning. The team best beginning was the year before, 2011-12, when the team got off to a 9-0 start.
Box Score: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/BoxScores/BoxScores.aspx?association=10&sg=MBB&sea=NAIMBB_2013&team=440&compID=169883