Senior swan song victorious

Graduating players leave their last home game on a high note

By Sam Fowler
On February 25, 2016

   Ram and Rambelle basketball sent off a total of five seniors with their last potential wins at Stephens Arena on Feb. 17th
   The Belles started the night off with a 71-63 victory over Cameron University before the Rams dispatched the Aggies of Cameron with an 82-75 win.This was the last scheduled home game for Belle seniors Brea Mitchell and Diamalises Rivera and for Ram seniors Stedman Allen, Tre Bennett and Omari Gudul.
   For the Belles in their first year under Head Coach Kevin Baker, Mitchell and Rivera were the key focus in buying in to Baker’s plan of action for Belle basketball.“I am so glad that [Diamalises] stayed with us,” Baker said. “When you get a new coach your senior year, it’s very difficult sometimes. But, she managed to handle it really well and has been a tremendous asset to our team. We knew when we got Brea that we got a great player.”  “Even though we would only have her for one year, we knew she could do great things for us. Both Brea and Diamalises have been great senior leaders for us,” Baker said.
For the Rams, under the full direction of former assistant turned Head Coach Cinco Boone, it took no convincing for the three year starter Omari Gudul about where the program was heading.
   Boone had a seemingly tall task getting senior transfers Stedman Allen and Tre Bennett to commit to his ideals as a coach.
“It starts with the players themselves,” Boone said. “They are really high character guys. And when you take character over talent then they are going to buy in. I think that’s helped them a lot.”“It’s a great feeling,” senior guard Tre Bennett said when asked about winning on senior night. “We love the community. I have been shown nothing but love since I got here. I’m glad I got to play my senior year here at Angelo.”
   With this possibly being the final game at ASU for these seniors at the edge of the culmination of long and arduous careers, emotions were running high.
“The seniors have been instrumental in our success this season,” Coach Boone said. “From an experience and leadership standpoint, they have been outstanding. You can’t say enough about the experience they have.”    
   Wherever life takes these young men and women, ASU will be forever thankful for all they have done, big or small, for this program.

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