RHEMA Eagles Take the Win!
Heading into the ACCA Tournament with many wins under their belt, the Rhema Eagles were prepared to win the championship! However, it wasn’t easy—there was a fight of faith!
For Dallas Doku, who has played with the Eagles for four years, the mental aspect of the game was the most challenging. The Eagles were down almost 20 points. “It was crazy because everyone knew we would come back and win with all the hard work we put in,” Dallas shared. “If you let the devil in your mind, then he instills things not of God… if you don’t have the mind of Christ in the biggest game of the year then the outcome won’t really be successful.” But the entire team was determined and struck back, with a win of 97 to 83 against Trinity.
Head Coach Perry Shockley was thrilled with the outcome, but more importantly, the growth he saw in each player. “That night a lot of the guys played really well. It was exciting to see them be focused and come out ready to finish what they started the season for… we play to win, but ultimately it’s gonna be the growth individually that you see transform your life. They’ve grown into young men who know how to take on adversity and be strong in the midst of pressure.”
“We are champions in Christ on the inside long before we see it on the outside. Defeat can be all around us; we just can’t let it get inside us.”—Perry Shockley, Rhema Eagles Head Coach
Playing basketball has helped many of the players mature during their years at Rhema Bible College as well. They can take what they learn in the classroom and put it to work on the court. Doku recalls, “Basketball has taught me submission, how to push through, how to use my faith, and through trials and tribulations, to keep believing in God.”
Coach Shockley said he would have parents come up to him and thank him for what the Eagles program has done for their sons. It’s their strong team mentality: They are always family.
“Winning this tournament meant a lot to me, because these guys mean a lot to me. We’re all a family, and to win was special because we’re all a part of each other and won together,” Shockley shared.
Congratulations RHEMA Eagles! What a way to finish the season!