Reserves shine in 80-56 win over Ecclesia
Starks, Brunner, Oglesby, O'Neill share spotlight
Now 24-4, Lions prepare for Thursday's home finale vs. #23 St. Gregs
Box Score and Play-by-Play (access below)
Standings, Player Season Stats, Photo Gallery (below)
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- No. 4 ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University, liberally utilizing sixteen players, rolled to an 80-56 non-conference triumph over Ecclesia College.
Everyone played at least five minutes and all but one of the Lions scored.
Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Christian-Addison, Ranger College), a 6'5 starter at forward, was held out for a second consecutive game to rest an injury. The team already clinched the Sooner Athletic Conference last week.
The Lions played three units throughout the game to lift their overall record to 24-4. Ecclesia (ECK-less-see-ya), from Springdale, Arkansas, slipped to 6-18.
SAGU won the first meeting between the teams a month ago in the Ozarks, 107-76.
Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) and Jon Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS ) paced the Pride in scoring with 25 and 16 respectively.
Rambo had a pair of triples, five rebounds and six steals.
His highlights included a handful of dazzling plays on both ends of the floor.
Dribbling as though running through a minefield, he finished several drives with a variety of elusive moves in the lane.
On defense his quickness and ability to tip the ball away frustrated many a possession by the Royals. Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) had three steals as well.
The backcourt duo ranks second and 14th nationally in thefts per outing; Rambo (3.4 spg), Gentry (2.2).
Walter made six-of-ten shots for the second consecutive game. He had seven rebounds, two steals and blocked a shot.
The starters each got just over twenty minutes on the court. Each of them drained a three-ball.
The near-packed Sheaffer Center seemed to relish the efforts of the second and third units even more than the starting five.
Ben Starks (Austin, Tx / Omaha Bryan HS, Southeastern CC ) and Remington Mitchell (Mansfield, Tx / Mansfield HS ) each chipped in four points, with the former racking up three assists while passing from the high post.
Clayton O’Neill (Halletsville, Tx / Halletsville HS ), the self-proclaimed people’s favorite, grabbed six boards in nine minutes. Only Walter and Emmanuel Adoyi (Little Rock, Ark / LR Parkview HS ), who claimed seven apiece, had more.
Adoyi (pronounced like ‘a TOY’) added a game-high four assists. About to shoot from 15-feet, his best was a laser to the cutting Walter for a smooth layup.
Both Andre Creer (Ft Worth, Tx / Trimble Tech HS, Angelina College ) and Adam Martinez (Mansfield, Tx / Mansfield HS ) were credited with a pair of assists.
For a complete look at individual statistics, click the link below to access the official box score.
Head Coach Donnie Bostwick used a number of rotations and line-ups to help prepare the squad for next week’s conference tournament.
Not satisfied with the collective yield during a first half that saw the Lions hold a 33-29 lead, he watched the team dominate the second stanza.
The Lions outscored their counterparts 16-2 out of intermission. It took less than five minutes to seize command.
Walter had nine points in the run; the last coming after he stepped in front of an EC pass, then fed the outlet pass to Rambo. Spotted on the perimeter, he took a pass from Rambo and wristed a three-ball. It touched nothing but nylon.
Maurice “Mo” Oglesby (Arlington, Tx / Zion Academy ) scored when Martinez connected with him at the low block. His layup lifted the Lions lead to 27 at 71-44.
Reid Brunner (Halletsville, Tx / Halletsville HS ) ripped the nets from the wing after receiving a kick out pass from Starks.
Chase Davis (Garland, Tx / Garland Christian ) also was a benefactor of Starks generosity. He parlayed a deftly thrown dart into a bucket.
The Lions close the regular season with a pair of solid tests.
Thursday, the final home game of the season, brings No. 23 ranked St. Gregory’s University (20-7) to town for an 8:00pm contest.
The Cavaliers junior guard Marty Wilkerson leads the conference in scoring at 21.2 points per game. He has scored 20 or more points in 20 of 27 games.
SAGU’s Rambo is at 23.2, though he is just short of playing enough games to qualify. That will change next week. He has been in double-figures in all of the twenty games he has appeared, 13 of them with 20+ points.
Team Purple will close the regular season on Saturday in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. They meet John Brown University (19-9) at 3:00pm. The Golden Eagles are 7-1 in recent weeks.
Fans can view the game in during a free video livestream.
The Sooner Athletic Conference tournament takes place in Shawnee, Oklahoma next week, March 5-8.
Box Score / Play-by-Play: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamSchedule.aspx?association=10&sg=MBB&conference=NAIMBB1_SAC&division=NAIMBB1&team=440
Click on the underlined score to access the box score. Click on the split blue box on the right to view the play-by-play accounts of the game.
Current Standings: http://www.soonerathletic.org/
Photo Gallery (available Tuesday night): movingpictures.photoreflect.com/