Dr. Frank Pogue held a luncheon at the Assembly Center on March 22 to celebrate the success of this year’s men’s and women’s basketball team. Collectively the two teams were hands down the best we’ve seen in years and Dr. Pogue wanted to show the teams that the university appreciates them for their achievements.”We actually made history this year,” said Dr. Pogue. “This would provide an opportunity for us collectively to say thank you to both teams for having a very very successful season.”
The teams both had a memorable season, they went to the post season and both team made their way into the history books. The luncheon was a good idea for the two teams and coaching staff to congratulate each other and for others to meet and greet.
The men’s basketball team held an overall record of 12-21, 8-10 in conference play which was good enough to finish 6th place in standings. All eyes were on the young team coached by Bobby Washington Jr. as they battled but came up short in the SWAC finals against Alabama St. With the successful season the Tigers had coach Washington managed to bring the focus back to Grambling basketball.
“It was great, it really was great for Dr. Pogue to have us here,” said Coach Washington. “Giving us a luncheon to commemorate us on what we have done in men’s basketball, it was a great gesture and a good feeling.”
Coach Donnita Rogers lead the women’s basketball team who had an overall record of 15-16, 10-8 in conference play which placed them 6th in conference. The Lady Tiger participated in the SWAC tournaments were they lost in the semi-final game against the Prairie View Lady Panthers.
“It was really nice,” said Coach Rogers. “It was very well done, it was a good act and we appreciate Dr. Pogue and Mr. Dawson coach Ellis all they do to speak to the kids and congratulate them on a season well done.”
Although the two teams had sensational years they aren’t looking to get comfortable. Both coaches are ready to build off this year to get better and continue to re-write history for Grambling State.