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SAGU takes 80-71 conference win behind playmakers

Lions host Oklahoma City University on Monday at 8:00pm

feemster-three-vs-usaoWAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  One of the wonders of film is the ability to recall events, to savor moments and to connect memories with visual images.

Then there is video – complete with instant replay, angles and slow motion.

Saturday night’s 80-71 men’s basketball triumph over the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma had its share of memorable plays for No. 2 ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Picture if you will twelve of the Lions highpoints in textual pictures.

1)   After trailing 21-19 to a sharpshooting Drovers team, junior Jonathan Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS ) kicked his game into clutch mode. His stickback on the offensive glass sparked eight straight points.

Team Purple would not trail again.

2)   Walter takes a pass from Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Chr CH, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) on the right wing and knocked down a three-ball to lead 32-27. Jahseth Lloyd scored twice to keep pace for USAO.

3)   Not finished, Walter drove down the middle of the lane and converted a three-point play with a finger-roll layup in traffic.

SAGU led 37-32 before halftime. At intermission the Lions were on top, 37-35, though USAO was outshooting them 47% (14-of-30) to 37% (13-of-35). SAGU held a slight 19-18 edge in rebounds.

4 First possession of the second half, seeking to tie SAGU at 37, David Tucker, Jr. had his pocket picked by Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ ).

walter-rebound-usaoRambo, whose free throw percentage has risen to .725 from .607 as a junior and .503 in his sophomore campaign, swished a pair. SAGU led 39-35.

5)   Next time up the court, Donnie Brown, a guard, was running a play near midcourt. His dribble ended when Rambo snuck in to poach the orange globe.

He pitched it to a streaking Hondo (Gentry) for a 41-35 upper hand. Momentum was swelling.

6)   A minute later it was Hondo separating Tucker of possession. He spun, jetting upcourt.

Like the stutter-step of Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, he eased up to freeze a defender, and sped up and zipped a pass to Walter under the bucket. His layup was part of a 12-0 run to seize control.

7)   USAO, who nearly defeated the Lions in the opening round at Kansas City last March, drew to within 52-48 on a Lloyd dunk and trey from Tucker. 

Enter:   Rambo and Walter.

The protagonist to SAGU foes, Rambo found no crease to explore. He spotted Walter on the right side where he unleashed a deep triple to stem the tide with 10:54 to play.

8)   The Lions forced two misses by Tyler Reynolds and Lloyd, and a turnover. Rambo, ever the catalyst, lobbed a pass over the middle to Emmanuel Adoyi (Little Rock, Ark / LR Parkview HS ) for a backdoor deuce.

9)   “E-Man” drew a charge on the Drovers' ensuing trip downcourt before Rambo blew past a defender on the wing for a knifing layup.

Hondo xeroxed Adoyi’s play by taking a charge that sent him sliding 10-feet.rambo-drives-vs-usao

10  Moments later Rambo swept around the right side along the baseline, looking for someone in the opposite corner. Instead he dished a dime to Adoyi (like ‘a TOY’) at the elbow for a 15-foot jumper.

Bo made a steal from Brown, zoomed for a layup. He missed, only to have Walter clean it up for a 63-48 margin with 7:13 to go.

The Lions had a 12-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Each member in the starting line-up had two.

Through 13 games, 6'6 Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Chr-Addison, Ranger College) has a team-best 36 offensive caroms.

Six-foot-eight freshman Remington Mitchell (Mansfield, Tx / Mansfield HS) and Gentry have 26 and 22 respectively.

11)   Adoyi made three more point-producing plays. He passed out to Rambo for a trey from the left wing. The sophomore then cashed in on a pass from Hondo, who had driven inside.

He sank a baseline jumper thanks to a pass from Caleb Feemster It was 70-55 with 4:59 showing on the clock.

12)   Trading baskets with USAO, the Lions built an 80-64 lead (1:35 left). In order was a trifecta and two free throws by Rambo, then Walter spun inside from the low block for a score.

Feemster closed the scoring when he parlayed a pass from Adoyi for a three-ball from the left.

There. And you thought you missed the game.

Stay tuned to the Facebook fan page of the SAGU Sports Network for more news and video highlights.

ON DECK: SAGU plays at home on Monday

The Lions (12-1 / 5-0 in SAC) return to the court on Monday night for a key conference game against Oklahoma City University (7-5 / 3-2 in SAC). Tipoff is set for 8:00pm (CST).

A large crowd is expected as students have returned to campus.

SAGU Sports Live will air the game in HD video at

Fans can also follow a textual account of the game’s play by play, which includes team and player statistics in real time at LiveStats:‎Cached

Contact:   Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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