Mustangs cruise past Thoroughbreds on senior night

Mid-Atlantic Christian 90 Blue Lights College 72

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Mid-Atlantic Christian University's Dixon Ogwo (21) goest up for a shot over a Blue Lights College defender during the Mustangs' 90-72 win Friday.


By Craig Moyer
Sports Writer

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Christian led from start to finish, by as many as 27 points in the second half, on their way to a 90-72 win over Blue Lights College in their final game of the regular season at Chesson Gym Friday night.

The game was senior night for for Dixon Ogwo, the lone senior on the Mustangs’ roster this season, as he was recognized during a halftime ceremony, during which he proposed to his girlfriend Tierra Lester.

Lester, who is on the MACU women’s basketball team, said yes.

Athletic director Andy Meneely and MACU head coach Allan Harris talked about how much Ogwo has meant to the team over the past two seasons.

“He has been a very valuable asset to our program the last two years, I hate to see him go,” Harris said after the game.

The head coach said he expects great things for Ogwo after graduation and picking up the win on his senior night meant a lot for the entire program.

Ogwo, who transferred to MACU from Wayne County Community College prior to his junior season, finished the regular season with 10.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per contest.

Ogwo finished Friday’s game with a team-high 18 points and pulled down five rebounds.

After the game, Ogwo spoke on what it meant to him to go out with a win in his final game at home.

“It really means a lot to me, I really love the team,” Ogwo said. “We do this together and we go hard every night.”

The senior delivered the play of the game as a part of a dominant run for MACU (8-19) to open the second half.

Grayson Tejada through an alley-oop to Ogwo, who slammed it home to anchor the Mustangs on a 17-2 run to begin the second half, ending any hopes the Thoroughbreds had of a comeback.

Tejada finished the game with 12 points and three assists.

Jaelin Thomas also sparked the run for MACU, coming off the bench and connecting on a trio of three pointers early in the half to finish the game with nine points for the Mustangs.

MACU opened the game on an 8-0 run and led by as many as 14 in the first half before Blue Lights made a run late in the half.

The Thoroughbreds used an 11-3 run to cut the deficit to six in the final minute, but a three-pointer by Markel Ming in the final seconds sent the Mustangs into the half with a 40-31 lead.

As a team, the Mustangs connected on 10 three pointers, finishing the game 10-of-27 from behind the arc.

MACU quickly put to rest any come from behind chances for Blue Lights with their strong run to open the second half.

“We just had to make sure that we maximize our talent level to be successful,” Harris said.

The head coach noted that his team’s defense was key in setting up their offense to score.

The Mustangs forced 14 turnovers and scored 18 points off of those turnovers in the win.

MACU also had a noticeable size advantage, with Ogwo, Jonathan DeLaRosa and Alex Stanley overpowering the Thoroughbreds in the paint.

In the end, the Mustangs outscored Blue Lights 48-34 in the paint.

Leander Williams finished with 13 points for MACU, while Ming also finished in double figures with 10 points.

Tyler Hendrix added nine points for the Mustangs, as 11 different players scored for MACU, including 47 points from players coming off the bench.

Harris said it feels good to play well in their final game of the regular season as they prepare for postseason play.

“We showed that we can make things happen, getting us ready for the NIT next week,” Harris said. “We are excited about taking a win into the tournament.”

MACU will compete in the Bible College NIT in Jacksonville, Fla., with their first game on Thursday against Dayspring Bible College.

Ogwo said his senior day was made even more special with the win and his proposal to his girlfriend at halftime.

Lester, also a senior, finished the season with 9.3 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per contest this season for the Lady Mustangs.

Ogwo said he felt it was the right time before he gets set to continue his basketball career overseas.

“She means the world to me, she has been there from day one and she is a big part of my success,” he said.

Ogwo said he has already been contacted by a few scouts from professional basketball teams overseas.

“I am just looking forward to finishing the season strong and seeing what is in store for me next,” he said.