Lions win SAC crown; gash Northwood with 18 threes
Rambo, Gentry, Guidry make 13-of-22 from long-distance
Box Score, Play-by-Play, Standings posted below
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- A Tuesday night blackout led to a power surge inside the Sheaffer Center.
Dubbed a “Black Out” for home fans who, donning ebony attire, packed the gym in support of their No. 4 ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University basketball team.
But there was no shortage of power. The Lions lit up the court with 18 three-point baskets en route to a 101-88 triumph over Northwood University.
SAGU clinched the Sooner Athletic Conference championship in their first year in the league, improving their record to 15-2 against the competition. Overall the Lions are 23-3.
The team still has four regular season games remaining, three of them at home, to prepare for post-season play. The conference tournament will take place in Shawnee, Oklahoma during March 5-8.
The victory also brings an automatic berth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. It is set for March 19-25.
Trailing 12-10 the Purple Pride went on a 27-9 run in which five different players drained seven triples. It established a 37-21 upper hand they never relinquished.
SAGU could never put away a Northwood team that scores 88 points per outing. But the Knights, who are bigger, athletic and play above the rim, could never sustain a threatening rally either.
The closest they came the rest of the night was nine points.
Lions third year Head Coach Donnie Bostwick emptied his bench with his team leading 97-80 at the 1:52 mark.
Still, fans in the “Jungle” section hungered for more.
Whenever the team makes 14 three-point baskets everyone attending is awarded a coupon for six free wings at the Waxahachie Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.
They had that in the bag less than four minutes into the second half on back-to-back jacks by Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx / Westbury Christian ) and Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Christian - CH, Oklahoma Wesleyan Univ ).
The crowd wanted the Lions to reach triple digits. Taco Bell awards a free taco to fans when SAGU, whose M.O. is defense, scores 100 points.
Daniel Mills (Belton, Tx / Belton HS ), a 6’5 freshman guard, converted an offensive carom into a putback for a 101-84 margin with 0:41 to go.
The black-clad crowd reacted as though SAGU had just solved world hunger.
What followed the game was a net-cutting ceremony, the second year in a row the team for the team. They won the Red River Athletic Conference a year ago.
While the crowd exited with a pair of redeemable coupons for BWW and a 'Run for the Border,' the team ate cake in the lobby.
Leading the trifecta assault were senior guards Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) and Rambo. They collaborated for 10 treys in 17 attempts.
Rambo finished with 31 points, 6-of-11 threes, five rebounds and three steals.
Guidry, a junior, accounted for five assists and 18 points while connecting on 3-of-5 from outside the curve. He has come off the bench for successive 18-point outings. The left-hander made all four of his attempted threes on Saturday at MACU.
Gentry, the team’s defensive catalyst, had a stat-line that was chocked full; sixteen points, four-of-six from downtown, four assists and three steals.
Jonathan Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS ) and Mills both accounted for eight points, while Emmanuel Adoyi (Little Rock, Ark / LR Parkview HS ) netted seven.
Northwood won the battle of the boards, 53-40, but they had no answer for a Lions motion offense that turned the ball over just nine times.
It was the third time in four games they had less than 10 miscues. In fact, the team hasn’t made more than in eleven in the last seven games.
The Knights were paced by an impressive sophomore, 6'5 forward Everrett Pleasant. He registered 20 points and 14 rebounds.
SAGU returns to the hardwood on Saturday, February 22, when Wayland Baptist University (18-8) visits for a 3:00pm (CST) game.
Prior to the game SAGU will honor five who are in their final season; Rambo, Guidry, Mo Oglesby (Arlington, Tx / Zion Academy ), Ben Starks (Austin, Tx / Omaha Bryan HS, Southeastern CC ) and Reid Brunner (Halletsville, Tx / Halletsville HS ).
The Pioneers handed the Lions an 89-82 setback a month ago when they scored the game’s final seven points in the last minute.
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