DBU Patriots Battle for Win Over Ouachita

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‘Intense’ was the word Head Coach Blake Flickner used to describe Saturday afternoon’s game in Arkadelphia, Arkansas against Ouachita Baptist – a game the Patriots won, 69-65, to move their record to 7-3 on the season. It was Flickner’s 100th win of his six year head coaching career with all 100 wins coming at the helm of Dallas Baptist.

After a two hour delay before the start of the game due to a scheduling mix-up with game officials, the Patriots found themselves on top, 31-27, after twenty minutes of play. “I’m really proud of our mental toughness today,” said Flickner. “We had to handle some adversity that I thought affected both teams and we went out and played an intense game that was tight throughout.”

The Patriots had several different players step up thoughout the game to keep the Tigers at bay. After losing Nick Foxand Donovan Bridgeforth to five fouls – with just twelve minutes and fourteen minutes of play respectively – DBU got big three-point baskets from Wesley Gipson and Armie Lewis down the stretch. Lewis finished the game with a season-high 17 points while Jordan McGowen scored 16 with eight rebounds. Gipson finished with five points and two rebounds and Fox scored ten before his disqualification. On the defensive end, Ishmael Awange had two big blocks late in the game as the Patriots and Tigers both scored 38 points in the final half.

“We did not shoot our best tonight,” added Flickner, “and we got outrebounded, but we showed the toughness we needed to win in a difficult environment against a good team.” The win increases the Patriot win streak to three with a three game home-stand coming up beginning Wednesday against East Central, who DBU already defeated 94-76 back on November 16 in Ada, Oklahoma. Another win will move Flickner past the century mark in career wins and give the Patriots a four game win streak for the first time since their run to the NCCAA National Championship last year. “DBU Basketball is a family,” said Flickner. “There are a ‘cloud of witnesses’ that have laid the foundation for this year’s team. I feel very blessed to have worked with [Associate Head Coach] Brandon [Curran] and to have coached the players we’ve had over the past five seasons. The players earn the wins and I have enjoyed the ride. I feel so blessed to be a part of DBU Basketball.”