It has been all smiles for Grambling Tigers during this season of romance.
The men’s track team held a ring ceremony to honor them as the outdoor champions.The Tiger basketball team has really up lifted their game in the month of February with winning three of their last four games.
“It has really been everybody,” G-Men’s coach Bobby Washington said.
“We need total team effort. Everybody is important and no one can be left out. The chain is pretty tight.”
Washington credits the entire team for their early February success.
He says everyone has contributed mentally and they are in a really good mental spot.
The game played on Friday night in the Assembly Center was broadcast live by ESPNU.
The Tigers put on a show for the 310 million potential viewers by blowing out the Prairie View A&M Panthers 64-33.
The Tigers only trailed for 134 seconds in the entire game. The lead that the Panthers briefly held quickly vanished.
Free throws from Donald Qualls at the 15:09 mark started a 13-1 run for the Tigers.
Brandon Webb ended the run with a lay-up with 8:52 left in the first half.
Just as A&M’s Coach Rimm II thought his team’s miseries were over, freshman guard YonDarius Johnson came in from time out and answered with a three-pointer that beats the buzzer.
“Well I wasn’t paying any attention at the time,” said Johnson.
“I just saw the coaching staff say shoot the ball. I looked up there was three seconds on the clock, so I took it and it went in.”
Johnson finished with career night scoring a career high in points with 14 and dishing out a career high in assist with 5.
Justin Patton must be drinking his Red Bull because on Friday night I witnessed a man fly.
At the 1:51 mark of the first half, Justin Patton soared through the lane rising over the opposition and completely humiliated the defender with a posterizing dunk.
“I knew it,” said Patton confidently.
“I was going to take off. I was looking for some contact but I seen him kind of late so I went up for the dunk.”
That guy Donald Qualls listed at 5’7″ on looked more like 7’5″.
The more I see and read about the little guy, the bigger he seems to be.
Followed by his spectacular play and hitting the big shoot against Alcorn State, Qualls went 4-8, scoring 11 of his 20 points in the first half.
The highlight of the night had to have come at the 10:42 mark.
The Assembly Center erupted when senior forward Lance Feurtado nailed a three pointer to give the Tigers a 50-26 lead.
By Feurtado hitting the three-pointer he capped off everyone’s night with free wings in the courtesy of Wingstop.
This game was followed by a Valentine’s Day heartbreaker, where the Grambling State Tigers came up short in the catfight with Texas Southern Tigers 51-49.
Outstanding performers were Feurtado and YonDarius Johnson both finishing the game with 13 points.
The Tigers now stand at (6-19, 4-9). The Tigers will go on the road for the next three games and return to The Assembly Center on March 3 to take on the Alabama A&M Bulldogs at 8 p.m.