Lions Making Their Point
SAGU signs Dominique Rambo
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Donnie Bostwick, the new Head Coach of the men’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, has reeled in a talented transfer that could help meet one of the Lions’ primary off-season needs.
Dominique Rambo, who played as a freshman at Oklahoma Wesleyan University last season for Coach Bostwick, was signed this week to play for the Lions. He was given his release by OWU, which will allow him play immediately for SAGU this fall.
Rambo starred locally for Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill under head coach Tim Ferguson.
The 5-foot-9 inch Rambo has three years of eligibility remaining. He was the starting point guard for the OWU Eagles, who went 29-5 and made a deep run into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament.
Scoring 14.3 points per game, he was named the Freshman of the Year by the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference. He led the Eagles in assists with 3.03 helpers per contest and was tied for team- best in three-point baskets with 67. His defense was equally stellar, accounting for 2.8 steals per outing. His number of thefts ranked #2 nationally.
“Dominique had a tremendous freshman season,” said Coach Bostwick, who got a sideline view of his productivity. “Very few freshmen impact teams at the level he did a year ago.”
“He is a very big addition to our program and will affect it in a big way over the next three seasons,” he continued. “He is a very humble young man who is a joy to coach. Dominique has a tremendous work ethic, a great attitude and will be a fan favorite here. He will be a great compliment to our returning players!”
Southwestern returns a number of performers, led by a trio of standouts in Ronald Horne (Waco, Tx / Univ of North Texas, Waco HS), Jared Gibson (Dallas, Tx / Plano West HS) and Nathaniel Duce Ward (Waco, Tx / Connally HS).
Horne led the entire NAIA in points, scoring at a 23.5 ppg clip. He was #12 in the NAIA in threes while Gibson scored 15.1 ppg and was second in the country in treys with 103. Both Horne and Gibson are senior guards. Ward, a 6’5 junior forward, led the NAIA in rebounding by ripping down 12.1 per game. He also tossed in 14.1 ppg.
The Lions struggled on the boards as a team and in turnovers. Rambo’s ballhawking skills may help SAGU’s defense, while his ability to find open teammates could be just what the doctor ordered.
The team will begin practicing early this fall before being introduced during Midnight Madness in October. The Purple Pride tips-off the season when they play two games in Shawnee, Oklahoma during the St. Gregory’s Classic, November 4-5. SAGU’s home opener is on Nov. 8 when they entertain Dallas Christian College.
Eye On the Lions
SAGU will again broadcast their home schedule, beginning in January, in high definition over the internet. Fans can view the games for free on computers and iPhones. SAGU Sports Live, under the direction of John Cookman and the Media Services Department, produce the broadcasts.
Details of the SSL schedule will be released this fall. Clay Scarborough will be the play by play announcer for a third consecutive season.
The Lions enjoy dual Division I memberships in both the NAIA and the National Christian College Athletic Association. They compete in the Red River Athletic Conference, which placed four teams in the national coaches poll last season.
Texas Wesleyan University and LSU-Shreveport both went 30-4 and qualified for the NAIA national tournament.