Who knew the title of our tournament blog would be so ‘appropriately’ named? Last night’s unfortunate ending disappointed most people in the arena. The non-call determined the winner. Even the Sports Information Director from St. Catharine College said: “Rambo got hammered.” The Patriots player was going to make sure that ‘Bo earned the points on the foul line.

It was an obviously blown call at the worst possible time for a game that was destine for overtime.

The sentiment along Press Row was similar. Now you know why they call it March Madness. It is maddening.

The team will be returning home today, departing from KC at 8:00am. Rambo and Coach Bostwick will stay behind as #20 was selected to the first-ever NAIA All-Star game. It will be played on Saturday night.

Watch for more articles and photos when they become available. The game story is on the SAGU Athletic website at www.sagu.edu/athletics. It includes two action pictures, including one just seconds before the “non foul.”

HOOP FANS: Purple and Gold will begin arriving this afternoon for the SAGU Lions.
Last night there was a H-U-G-E contingent from Benedictine College. They filled the area behind the basket… with 7 bus-loads, as well as their Cheer Team, Dance Team in sequins and a pep band. 
They had the biggest crowd since last year’s championship final when SAGU rocked the house!

HOOP FANS: Purple and Gold will begin arriving this afternoon for the SAGU Lions.

Last night there was a H-U-G-E contingent from Benedictine College. They filled the area behind the basket… with 7 bus-loads, as well as their Cheer Team, Dance Team in sequins and a pep band. 

They had the biggest crowd since last year’s championship final when SAGU rocked the house!

EXCITEMENT LIVES IN KC: Ben Starks (left) savors the moment during last year’s tournament, while Justas Norvilas looks on. 
SAGU players have enjoyed getting to see friends on other teams… including two former Lions; Craig Grigsby (St. Thomas) and Norvilas, who is red-shirting with No. 11 Benedictine College.
The team stayed for most of Wednesday night’s games, sitting with players from St. Thomas and LSU-Shreveport.

EXCITEMENT LIVES IN KC: Ben Starks (left) savors the moment during last year’s tournament, while Justas Norvilas looks on. 

SAGU players have enjoyed getting to see friends on other teams… including two former Lions; Craig Grigsby (St. Thomas) and Norvilas, who is red-shirting with No. 11 Benedictine College.

The team stayed for most of Wednesday night’s games, sitting with players from St. Thomas and LSU-Shreveport.

Lion Back-Ups have plenty of ROAR: Tyler Guidry, Drew Erskine, Daniel Mills, Dre Crear and Remington Mitchell will get the call, likely early in the game. How much they play will be determined by how much they contribute.

Lion Back-Ups have plenty of ROAR: Tyler Guidry, Drew Erskine, Daniel Mills, Dre Crear and Remington Mitchell will get the call, likely early in the game. How much they play will be determined by how much they contribute.

SAGU’s LION-Up seeks contributors

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — When the starting quintet takes to the floor this afternoon in their first round at the NAIA National Championship tournament, there should be no surprises for No. 5 Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Head Coach Donnie Bostwick will go with the five who brought the team to the ‘big stage.’

Senior guards Dominique Rambo and Caleb Gentry provide the vrrroooom to the Lions engine. Those two are known as much for their defense as they are their offense.

The dynamic duo ranks in the Top 12 nationally in steals, which held fuel the offense. Neither are reluctant to launch three-pointers.

'Bo supplies back-breaking big plays and Hondo's grinding, hustling, energy is huge.

Jonathan Walter plays a hybrid role at wing (guard) and small forward. The junior is cool, calm and collected and clutch under pressure.

Caleb Feemster, one of two 6’5 forwards, has been quiet lately. He is the most accurate from beyond the arc. Look for the junior to show flashes of his previous play today.

Emmanuel Adoyi, sophomore forward, is the team’s best interior defender. He is athletic and very dependable.

A big concern for SAGU is foul trouble, especially at forward. Three who have collected a lot fouls this season are Gentry, Walter and Adoyi. That could pose a problem if more than one is riding the pine due to personal fouls.

Fans can watch a handful of reserves to enter the fray seeking to play the needed role of key contributor. The candidates are very capable;

Tyler Guidry - junior guard. Mid-range jumpers, penetrating drives and passes enable the left-hander. He has become the top producer off the bench.

Daniel Mills - can play both guard and forward, and his shooting touch is clear. The freshman made two big shots in the conference tournament.

Drew Erskine - a heady, sophomore guard is a good ball-handler and an intelligent player. Seldom takes a bad shot.

A few who could supply a solid lift include Dre’ Crear, a guard who is capable of knocking down triples from downtown, and 6’8 Remington Mitchell. “Big Rem” leads the club in blocking shots.

Those are the likely frontline players. On occasion Bostwick will call the numbers 45 for Clayton O’Neill and 14 for Chase Davis. Both are confident triggers from long distance though if they are placed on the court it may be for rebounding or defense.

St. Catharine is a very worthy opponent. Teams in the Mid-South Conference know just how tough thy can be, especially on the boards. Their strength will likely cause some problems for the Lions, who are not as tall or as strong.

Watch for the Patriots to try to get inside the paint and to take advantage of the Lions’ lack of size.

SAGU will counter with defense and three-point bombs.

The day has arrived. The Lions walked to breakfast this morning at 9am… as they have done each day to a local location a few blocks from the Crowne Plaza. They are having a Game Day “Shoot-Around” at Manual Tech H.S.Then, it’s lunch, which will be healthy and will feature water. The team will then rest before heading across the street to the Municipal Auditorium Arena, which has been refurbished this year by the Univ. of Missouri at Kansas City, who play their home games here. Tip-off is set for approximately 4:30pm (CST).

The day has arrived. The Lions walked to breakfast this morning at 9am… as they have done each day to a local location a few blocks from the Crowne Plaza. They are having a Game Day “Shoot-Around” at Manual Tech H.S.Then, it’s lunch, which will be healthy and will feature water. The team will then rest before heading across the street to the Municipal Auditorium Arena, which has been refurbished this year by the Univ. of Missouri at Kansas City, who play their home games here. Tip-off is set for approximately 4:30pm (CST).

ENTERING MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM: One of two center doors with 16 of the 32 team logos. Along with the SAGU Lions, fans will see three other teams with Lions in their logo. Freed-Hardeman Univ (Tenn) is another Lions team on the loose in the Kansas City savannah.

ENTERING MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM: One of two center doors with 16 of the 32 team logos. Along with the SAGU Lions, fans will see three other teams with Lions in their logo. Freed-Hardeman Univ (Tenn) is another Lions team on the loose in the Kansas City savannah.

Sister Act: Hoops Style

KANSAS CITY, Missouri  — While SAGU nation chomps at the bit to see how their Lions fare at the NAIA National Championship 32-team tournament, they are not alone in terms of Assemblies of God colleges.

NAIA Division I

Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Cal) is the No. 6 seed. At 27-6 they will play Life University (Ga) on Wednesday at 5:15pm. It is the second appearance for the Lions.

Evangel University (Springfield, Mo) takes on high-scoring Talladega College (Ala), the No. 7 seed. The Crusaders bring a 23-10 mark into the tourney. Evangel has been to KC five times.

The ‘Saders and Tornadoes play at 2:15pm on Thursday.

As for the SAGU Lions, this is their third trip to this city in the Heartland. The squad is the No. 5 seed and is toting a 26-5 won-lost record. Their first round opponent is St. Catharine College (Ky), who are 18-12.

The Lions and Patriots tip it off at 4:30pm (CST) on Thursday.

NAIA Division II

Southeastern University (Lakeland, Fla) made their first-ever foray into the D2 tournament, which was held last week at Point Lookout, Missouri.

The Fire, at 24-6, advanced to the Final Four where they fell to Indiana Wesleyan, 98-77, in the semi-finals on Monday.

They eliminated Huntington University (Ind), 84-76, before toppling the defending national champion Cardinal Stritch University (Wisc), 71-70. In the quarterfinals they clipped No. 9 Davenport University (Mich), 67-64.

Led by Head Coach R-Jay Barsh, Southeastern finished at 27-7.

SAGU Alumni Relations is hosting a pre-game meal and party for alumni, friends, fans, and their families as the Lions gear up for NAIA National Tournament Round 2 Action! On March 21, fans will enjoy a central location at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown (Salon B) - right across the street from Municipal Auditorium.
There will be door prizes and fun for the whole family! Children under 5 do not need a ticket for the Prowling with the Pride pre-game event. This ticket does not include admission to the Game. Tickets can be purchased at the Municipal Auditorium, or online at www.naia.org.
Purchase Tickets Here
NOTE: Additional pre-game events are tentatively planned.

SAGU Alumni Relations is hosting a pre-game meal and party for alumni, friends, fans, and their families as the Lions gear up for NAIA National Tournament Round 2 Action! On March 21, fans will enjoy a central location at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown (Salon B) - right across the street from Municipal Auditorium.

There will be door prizes and fun for the whole family! Children under 5 do not need a ticket for the Prowling with the Pride pre-game event. This ticket does not include admission to the Game. Tickets can be purchased at the Municipal Auditorium, or online at www.naia.org.

Purchase Tickets Here

NOTE: Additional pre-game events are tentatively planned.

SAGU is staying at the downtown Crowne Plaza, which is right next door to Municipal Auditorium. It is the host hotel. The team dressed up for Tuesday night’s Tournament Kickoff Banquet, which, like some of their meals, they simply made their way on foot. 

TUESDAY PRAYER: The team practiced at Manual Tech H.S. in downtown KC. Following practice Coach Donnie Bostwick called the team to midcourt where he broke the news of the passing of David Bush. See the picture above of that moment. Then they tightened the circle and, arm-in-arm, spent a season of prayer.

TUESDAY PRAYER: The team practiced at Manual Tech H.S. in downtown KC. Following practice Coach Donnie Bostwick called the team to midcourt where he broke the news of the passing of David Bush. See the picture above of that moment. Then they tightened the circle and, arm-in-arm, spent a season of prayer.

SAGU meets SCC Pirates at 4:30 PM, Thursday, in first round

Led by a turbo-charged backcourt, the SAGU Lions men’s basketball team has returned to Kansas City for a second consecutive season and third time overall.

After roaring to the championship game a year ago - where they came up short to Georgetown College, the Purple Pride looks to make its mark with an encore in 2014.

Moving from the Red River Athletic Conference to the tougher Sooner Athletic Conference in the fall, the Lions had their work cut out for them.

Not only did they win the SAC, but finished five games ahead of the pack.

The team’s 26-5 mark includes a 13-5 effort in games decided by 9 points or less or in overtime. The defeats came by nine, seven, eight, seven and one point; four of them on the road.

SAGU went 15-1 at home and 11-4 on the road. Only one other SAC team, John Brown University (7-6), won more than they lost away from home.

The strength of the team is a cohesive unit built on faith, trust and servant leadership. Coming from behind or executing in close games is where they have proven their mettle.

Over the past two years they are 31-7 in games with a margin of less than ten points.

The team foundation is an unrelenting defense that is especially tough on the perimeter. On offense, the Lions M.O. is passing, three-pointers, limiting turnovers and crashing the boards without helmets!

Consistent, high-energy production has seen the Pride spend the entire season ranked between No. 1 and No. 5. They are 7-1 against ranked teams.

How far they advance in the tournament will be as much about how they match-up against their draw as it does their performance in the clutch.

One thing fans can be sure of… this team will never stop believing!