Jan 11, 2014 / Hot Springs, AR - The visitors from Dallas ran into a surprisingly tough group of tigers in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Dallas shot a season high 60% from the field, including 45% from long range on the way to a 105-74 victory over the Tigers.
Soph-Chad Herring led all scorers with 22 points and 10 rebounds. This game also marked a season high in team assists for Dallas with 25 . Soph-Miles Burnside followed with 18 points and 9 rebounds including 7 of 12 from the field. Fr-Trent Dawson also scored 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting. SR-Aaron Espinosa had a season high 10 assists as he split the defense handing out dimes.
The Tigers of Champion Baptist College played hard to the end but but could not overcome very poor shooting from the field. That poor percentage was partly due to tough defense by the Crusaders.
Jan 02-04, 2014 / Cookson Hills, OK - After getting off to a fast start, the Crusaders had to hang on for dear life as the Red Lions quickly made up a sizable deficit. Dallas held on for a 100 -92 victory over Lincoln Christian University.
The second game featured conference foe, Ozark Christian College. The Ambassadors from Ozark are a good shooting team with plenty of depth. A Career night from Soph-Chad Herring propelled the Crusaders to a 104 – 90 win.
Herring led the Crusaders with the team’s 1st triple double of the season with 20 points, 24 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
Fresh-Edgar Guereca followed with 13 pts . Jr-Theo Udame, Jr-Miles Burnside and Fresh-Josh Walls all had 10 pts apiece.
A 57-54 halftime lead by Dallas swelled to a sizable lead at the midway point. A furious rally by the Ambassadors, as they started to connect on long range shots, kept the heat on Coach Charles H. Williams’ Crusaders.
The Crusaders face Champion Baptist on 1/11/14 in Hot Springs, AR.
Crusaders bite Bulldogs!
Dec 27, 2013 / Plainview, TX – The Crusaders of Dallas Christian College proved they they have quite a bite of their own as they defeated the Bulldogs of Texas Lutheran University 65 – 64 in the first of 2 games at the Wayland Baptist University Classic.
The teams played even through the 1st 20 minutes at 36 all. Strong bench play favored the Crusaders as they outscored the Bulldogs 32-16. Sr leader Aaron Espinosa led the Crusaders with 18 points on 6-11 shooting.
A short jumper by Chad Herring pushed a 2 pt Crusader lead to 63-59 at 1:19 of the 2nd half. Josh Harris hit 1 of 2 free throws to push the lead to 64-60 at :51 secs. A 3 pointer by the Bulldogs at the :37 sec mark made it 64-63. After both teams hit 1 of 2 free throws, the Bulldogs missed a 3 pointer and followup shot at the buzzer.
Soph-Chad Herring scored 10 points and Jr-Joshua Harris led the Crusaders with 8 rebounds.
Crusader Head Coach Charles H. Williams’ team is growing by leaps and bounds though this is only their 2nd win. The losses are to much larger schools but the patience is beginning to pay off as they approach conference play.
The Crusaders play again this Sunday in the same location against Wayland Baptist University.
Dec 16, 2013 / Abilene, Tx – The Pioneers of Wayland Baptist just cracked the top 25 in NAIA DI and saw an opportunity to justify that ranking by crushing a smaller opponent. The Crusaders, however, had other plans and it took a strong effort to shake the pesky team from Dallas by a score of 84 -95.
The Crusaders started off the game by going down 11-0 but and were close at the half 36 – 43 and actually led 49 -47 at the 16:30 mark of the second half. The Pioneers went on a 20 -4 run to get to a safe distance but Dallas cut it to 7 points with 2 minutes remaining to throw a scare into the Pioneers.
The Pioneers held the Crusaders in check in large part due to a 35 point effort by Barry Johnson.
Jr Forward-Joshua Harris tried to keep pace with 26 points for the Crusaders. Soph Forward-Chad Herring had 12 points. Fresh Forward-Trent Dawson was the leading rebounding with 8. The Crusaders, normally weak from the Free Throw line, hit 82% this time around. Coach Charles H. Williams had his team ready to play.
The game was played at McMurray University in Abilene, TX as a makeup for cold weather cancellations.
The Crusaders play next on Dec 27th in the Wayland Baptist University Classic in Plainview, TX.
Dec 13, 2013 / Bartlesville, OK – The Crusaders of Dallas Christian shot the ball better than they have all season against a strong opponent but still came up short of a victory. The Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles started fast and never let up as they cruised to a 112 – 83 victory over the Crusaders. Dallas shot 50% from the field including 50% from 3 pt range. The foul line is still a work in progress as they hit 56% of their free throws.
The taller Eagles outrebounded the Crusaders 40 -21 and shot a blistering 60% from the field.
Jr-Joshua Harris led the Crusaders with 14 pts, followed by Soph-Chad Herring with 13 pts. Soph-Miles Burnside and Fresh-Rashad Harris had 10 pts apiece.
DCC vs OCU Eagles
Dec 2, 2013/Edmond, Ok – The Crusaders of Dallas Christian College stepped into a nest of mad Eagles who were in the midst of a 3 game losing streak and fell badly to Oklahoma Christian University, 43 – 90.
The Crusaders, stuck in traffic due to weather, arrived late and literally had to get it in gear right away.
They started very slow and it didn’t get much better the rest of the way as the Eagles poured it on throughout. Seven minutes in the game, the Eagles went on a 15-0 run and hole just got deeper.
SR-Aaron Espinosa led the way with 11 pts and Soph-Chad Herring went for 9 pts and 9 rebs.
The Crusaders will probably put this one out of their memory banks and try to continue to build on the highly competitive previous TLU game.
DCC vs TLU Bulldogs
Dec 2, 2013/Dallas, TX – The Crusaders of Coach Charles H. Williams had the Bulldogs of Texas Lutheran right where they wanted them, in a close game and on his home floor and still came out on the losing end 67-69.
This one that had victory pasted all over it except for the fact that the Crusaders seemed to have a distaste for freebies, as in the form of ‘Free Throws’. The Crusaders shot 16 of 43 from the charity stripe on a night when they outrebounded a taller opponent 47-44, with 20 of those on the offensive boards.
This was a very close contest throughout, with the Bulldogs leading by 1 at the half on a 3 pointer at the buzzer. Coach Williams made adjustments at the half and the Crusaders came out smoking to start the second half, taking a short lived lead. A late surge by the Bulldogs gave them enough cushion to weather a frantic rally by the Crusaders that just came up short on a half court attempt by Aaron Espinosa in the final seconds.
Freshman-Trent Dawson led all scorers with 24 pts and 11 rebs. SR-Aaron Espinosa had 13 pts followed by Jr-Michael Haynes with 10 pts and a game high 13 rebs.
The Crusaders have been doing a much better job with turnovers(13) but now need to focus on their Free Throw shooting(37%)
DCC vs JBU Eagles
Nov 30, 2013/Siloam Springs, AR – After a rough outing in Stephenville, the Crusaders bounced back to give the highly favored Eagles of John Brown University a very competitive game before losing, 68 -81. Junior-Miles Burnside scored a season high 19 pts to pace the Crusaders by hitting 5 of 9 3-point shots.
Freshman-Trent Dawson had 14 pts and Sr-Aaron Espinosa contributed 13 pts to a game this Crusader team that had serious thoughts of winning. Dallas won the turnover battle this time around, committing 9 while forcing 18 by the Eagles.
The Crusaders 2-man bench outscored the Eagles bench 23-22. Fast break points may have been the difference however, as the Eagles outscored the Crusaders 27-7.
Dallas entertains the Bulldogs of Texas Lutheran next.
DCC vs TSU Texans
Nov 26, 2013/Stephenville, TX – The Crusaders of Dallas Christian College ran into a buzz-saw in Stephenville losing to the Tarleton State University Texans, 41 – 106.
The visitors from Dallas shot the ball poorly (30%) and committed 28 turnovers against an opponent that was taller and more athletic. Soph-Chad Herring did shine as he led the Crusaders with 18 pts. Defensively, Dallas forced the Texans into 24 turnovers but failed to capitalize on the offensive end.
DCC vs Barclay College Bears
Nov 22, 2013/Home – The Dallas Christian College Crusaders got into the win column for the first time this season with a 105 – 69 win over the Bears of Barclay College. Soph-Trent Dawson dropped in 17 pts to lead the charge followed by Senior-Aaron Espinosa with 12 pts and Chad Herring with 14 pts and 10 rebs. Newcomer-Renaldo Thompson had 10 pts and 10 rebs in a strong performance.
The Crusaders size advantage kept the Bears at arm’s length until closing the door with a strong run early in the second half. If not for the 26 turnovers by the Crusaders, the margin may have been greater. The Crusaders also held the visiting Bears to 24% shooting in what has easily been their best defensive effort of the season.
DCC vs SAGU Lions
Nov 19, 2013/Home – Coach Charles H. Williams’ Crusaders dropped their first home game of the season to the Southwest Assemblies of God University Lions, 71 -89. Poor shooting and 20 turnovers left the home team in a tough uphill climb most of the way.
Junior-Joshua Harris led all scorers with 30 pts and 10 rebs. Freshman-Trent Dawson and Soph-Chad Herring chipped in 8 pts apiece.
The visiting Lions shot 42% from long range and won the rebounding battle 52-44.
DCC vs Dallas Baptist University Patriots
Nov 13, 2013/Dallas, TX – Coach Charles H. Williams’ Crusaders dropped their 4th straight, losing to Dallas Baptist, 74-93. The final result undermines a gallant effort by the Crusaders to pull off a huge upset win. A big Patriot 3 pointer ended a strong charge by the visitors from DCC to close the gap with 6 minutes remaining in the game. That big shot, followed by several Patriot steals shut the door for good on any thoughts of an upset.
The Crusaders played their best game of the season, shooting 48% from the field and 43% from 3 pt range against a very good opponent.
The Crusaders can point to 27 turnovers, including 16 in the 1st half, as the one of the biggest reasons for the outcome.
Junior Joshua Harris led all Crusaders with 17 pts and 4 rebs. Sophomore Chad Herring followed with 11 pts and 6 rebs. Senior Aaron Espinosa tallied 8 pts.
Jonathan Perry led all Patriot scorers with 18 pts followed by Westley Gipson with 17.
The Crusaders play their 1st home game next Tuesday, 11/19/13, against Southwest Assemblies of God University. They will seek to avenge an early season defeat at the hands of the powerful Lions.
** #5 on the stat sheet is Freshman Jonathan Devaughn. Freshman Edgar Guereca was not active this game.
DCC vs OBU Bison
Nov 7, 2013/Shawnee, OK – The Crusaders of Dallas Christian College were stampeded by the Bison of Oklahoma Baptist University 63 -112. Junior-Joshua Harris led the Crusaders with 17 pts and 10 rebs against the taller, more athletic Bison.
Once more, turnovers(23) and poor shooting (29%), were too much for this inexperienced group to overcome this early in the season.
Nov 5, 2013/Waxahachie, TX – The DCC Crusaders dropped a 62-95 contest to the #5 ranked Lions of Southwest Assemblies of God University. The Crusaders’ 32% shooting from the field along with 51% free throw shooting, got them in too deep of a hole to climb out of. Joshua Harris led the Crusaders with 12 pts and 6 rebs. Miles Burnside added 10 pts to go with 5 rebs.
(Trinity Christian Academy) ex, Caleb Feemster, had 13 pts and 7 rebs for the Lions.
The Crusaders next game is in Shawnee,OK against Oklahoma Baptist University this Thursday.
Nov 1, 2013/Dallas,TX – The Dallas Christian College Men’s Basketball team opened the new season on the road, falling to a strong Mountain View College team 69 – 97.
The Crusaders of Coach Charles H. Williams played the Lions close in the 1st half but eventually hit a scoring drought to start the second half that allowed the Lions to pull away for good.
Junior-Joshua Harris led the way with 12 pts and 8 rebs. Soph-Chad Herring followed with 11 pts and 9 rebs. Close behind was Soph-Miles Burnside with 9 pts and a game high 14 rebs.
Turnovers were the focal point of this one. The Crusaders committed 32 of them which virtually eliminated any chance of winning this one.