Lions dominate rival on senior night

by Student Writer Mike Ezekiel

The three senior basketball players on the men’s team did not disappoint in their last game in Flowers Hall Feb. 28.

Nathan Spehr, Calvin Dade and Marcus Landry all scored in the double digits, leading UNA to a dominant 83-67 victory over rival UAH.

“We were on-point today,” Landry said. “We came out with our hearts showing, getting every rebound, getting every loose ball and diving on the floor. It was a beautiful game of basketball today.”

Spehr led the way with 23 points, including four three-pointers and 15 first-half points. Landry and Dade each contributed with a double-double, combining for 30 points and 24 rebounds.

Head coach Bobby Champagne believes the intensity of today’s game had a lot of effect on the outcome.

“This is a good environment,” he said. “Our fans were great and the energy level was different in the locker room before the game, different in warm-ups and everybody played with really good energy.”

The win marked career number 200 for Champagne at UNA. Champagne, who has coached the Lions for 12 years, gives the credit to everyone who helped make it possible.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” he said. “Our administration has been very supportive; we’ve had really good assistant coaches and really good players over the years.”

The Lions and Chargers split both regular season games against each other and will play the rubber-match March 3 at Spragins Hall on the UAH campus at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the semi-finals of the Gulf South Conference tournament.