February 1, 2013 the Patriots celebrated homecoming on the campus of Arlington Baptist College. The days festivities started with a homecoming chapel and the first annual “Collegian March” with floats, decorated to represent each individual collegian on campus, parading down the aisles of the chapel.
The evenings events were kicked off by the Lady Patriots taking on a tough Rhema Bible College team. The lady Eagles were able to push their lead up to 19 points in the second half before a furious comeback brought the Lady Pats within 4 in the final two minutes. The Lady Patriots fought hard to the end but were not able to come up with the win, losing by a score of 62 to 57. Ciara Costello led the Lady Pats with 18 points, and Mystica Perez chipped in with 14 points of her own.
Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, started off looking like a replay of the night before. However, this time the Lady Patriots were able to complete a comeback versus the Lady Lions of Grace College, knocking down clutch free throws in the waning seconds to pull out the victory 62 to 54. Molly Young led all scorers with 17 points, and Hannah McGaughy contributed 13 points for the Lady Pats who now hold an impressive record of 13 wins against 4 losses on the season.
The Patriot Men took on Rhema Friday night to cap off the homecoming night competitions, and they came out firing. Seven first half three-pointers, aided the Patriots in building a commanding 18 point lead going into halftime. The Eagles of Rhema would not go down without a fight. With their own barrage of three pointers, and a couple of and-one baskets, they were able to chip away the Patriot lead early in the second half. Like most close games, the outcome came down to the ability to convert clutch free throw attempts late in the second half. As a team, the Patriots were successful on 14 of their 19 second half free throws, with Senior Rod Reed going 8 for 8 individually to ice the game and give the Patriots a 98 to 92 victory. Reed’s 23 total points was eclipsed only by teammate Raphael Garcia who knocked down 6 three-pointers, and led all scorers with 24 points. The victory bumped the Patriot’s record to 10 wins and 13 loses on the season.
Later this month both the Lady Patriots and Patriot Men will be travelling to Joplin, Missouri to compete in their NCCAA regional tournaments (Feb.22-23) with hopes of moving on to the NCCAA national tournament (Feb.26-Mar.2) in Springfield, Missouri.
Keep all of our athletes and coaches in your prayers as our teams trek across the country representing Christ and Arlington Baptist College through athletic competition.