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Rhema Eagles Finish Second in ACCA Tournament, Third in CCNIT Tournament

Team Accomplishes Much This Year

BB M pic 2The No. 3-seeded Rhema Eagles finished second to No. 1 seed Arlington Baptist College in the ACCA tournament championship game March 8. During the three-day tournament, held in Joplin, Missouri, the Eagles knocked out No. 7 seed Ozark Christian College and No. 6 seed Faith Baptist College to reach the title game. Though the Rhema Eagles nabbed the second-place trophy, Rhema Coach Perry Shockley said it was an honor for his team to reach the big game.

"Sometimes you finish second and you feel regret. But you're in the championship game. So everybody else is outside watching [you] and you're still playing. Obviously, you want to win the championship. The team we played was the number-one seed. They were the best. We had beaten them once during the year, and we could have beaten them again, but we really had to play well and shoot well. And we just came up short," said coach Perry.

Lady Eagles Finish Third in ACCA Tournament: Still a Good Year

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The Rhema Lady Eagles ended their 2013-2014 season with a third-place finish at the ACCA national basketball tournament in Joplin, Missouri, on March 8. The women defeated the Dallas Christian Lady Crusaders 81-50 to take home the trophy. Although the Lady Eagles fell short of their goal--winning the championship trophy--Coach Kerri Sharp said she's proud of her team and the women they have become. "We may have finished third in the tournament, but we finished as champions in my eyes," coach Kerri shared.

"We had a great year of personal growth with each player. I am so proud of these girls. They worked hard and believed in each other to the very end.”

Rhema Eagles Earn 'Good Win' Over Patriots

BB M pic8The Rhema Eagles (1-7) earned their first season win on December 13, overcoming one of the top schools in the ACCA conference, Arlington Baptist College. The Eagles held the Patriots' best shooter, Raphael Garcia, to eight points. They outscored Arlington 31 to 20 in points off the bench. This brought them an impressive 59-58 victory at Rhema's Ninowski Recreation Center.

As he expects Arlington to be the number one seed in March's ACCA tournament, Rhema Eagles coach Perry Shockley called this a "good win." And it was! The Eagles put up a good fight and never gave up, even as they trailed 30-23 at halftime. They pulled through and outscored the Patriots 36-28 in the second half to capture the win.