The Multnomah Lions took on the #2 seed Arlington Baptist Eagles in a battle for fifth place at the ACCA National tourney on Saturday afternoon. Both teams won their NCCAA Regional and are headed to Springfield, MO next week for the NCCAA National Tournament.
Let’s just cut to the chase. MU was down 88-70 with 8 minutes to go and was playing without leading scorer Austin Hodges who was resting a sore Achilles tendon. The Lions never gave up and just kept clawing their way back into this game. Stevie Sansone, who would score 27 points, hit a three to get things going at this point. Jackson Coleman, playing the game of his life, took the ball strong to the hole and continued the Lions surge.
Multnomah’s pressure eventually got to Arlington and they started missing shots and turning the ball over. Steve Bustrin kept the heat on by pushing the ball full court on every possession and putting Arlington on their heels and scoring. With 53 seconds left and the Lions down 101-100, Bustrin found Davey Walker for a long three that put the Lions up 103-101. MU made free throws from there and a missed three pointer at the buzzer gave the Lions the win for fifth place. The final score was 107-104.
MU had 4 players with at least 20 points led by Sansone. The Lions were 18-48 from behind the three to run their season total to 572 three pointers made, which leads every college basketball team at every level in the nation. Steve Bustrin, Davey Walker and Jackson Coleman each added 20 points apiece.
Multnomah has now won an amazing 8 out of their last 9 games to run their record to 17-19. Just two weeks ago the Lions were 9-18. After church tomorrow, MU will travel to Springfield to prepare for their opening round game at 6:00 Tuesday night. All NCCAA games will be live streamed at cbcag.edu.