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— Congratulations to the SAU Tech women’s and men’s basketball teams on their unbelievable successful inaugural season.

The Lady Rockets and the Rockets men’s teams recently closed out the 2018-19 basketball season with wins over the National Park College teams, completing sweeps of the squads from Hot Springs.

The Lady Rockets, coached by Andre Williams, finished the Region 2 Conference with an 11-6 overall record and 2-2 in conference.

Led by coach Marty Levinson, the Rockets’ men’s squad amassed a first-season record of 19-10 overall, 5-1 in the conference.

The records of both teams are not only very respectable, but quite remarkable, considering this was their first season on the court. The hope for such brand-spanking-new teams is perhaps to at least be competitive, and not an embarrassment. The Rockets teams certainly surpassed that expectation, proving to be highly competitive teams respected by their opponents, while finishing with winning records.

In addition, several players garnered individual honors during the season.

Lady Rocket Brandashia Hargraves was the conference’s top three-point percentage shooter with 50 percent, a stat that also landed her in the second-place position nationwide in the division. Devena Smith finished as Region 2’s leader in points-per-game with 16.6, and led in field goal percentage with 59.4 percent.

Rocket Sheldon Steven led the conference in points-per-game with 19.9, and total points with 517. Mike Boatright was the conference leader in steals with 90, and Jaland Mitchell was the conference leader in blocked shots with 46.

It was fitting that the home court for the teams’ memorable first season was the historic Shaddock Fieldhouse. Now, the team will be competing on their home-court on the SAU Tech campus in East Camden.

Thank you to the Rockets’ players and coaches for your outstanding performances and to SAU’s chancellor, Dr. Jason Morrison, for having the inspiration to bring collegiate basketball to our community.

We’re already anxious for next season to open.

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