300 Club On The Move
The 300 Club, whose mission is support Savannah State athletics is growing and doing great things, according to Steve Gerido, one of the group’s founders. Gerido, who played football at SSU under Bill Davis, says the group has two major initiatives they are working on. One is supporting the SSU Foundation’s Athletic Committee’s goal of raising $150,000 to help send SSU’s student-athletes to summer school May 2015. The 300 Club has vowed to contribute $5,000 to this cause. The other project is to build a Student Athlete Development Center (SADC). The SADC will house a weight room, field house, football offices/meeting rooms and more importantly a learning lab with computers for all our student athletes. The group is currently in the process of obtaining an architect to do measurements and a rendering of the SADC for Tiger athletes.
The group met last month prior to SSU’s last home football game against North Carolina A&T and former SSU athletes Ron Rogers (football), John Parks (football), Bubba Mattox (track & field) and Jamie Muhammad (football) have joined the journey. Gerido adds that at least seven people have made pledges to join.
Michelle Standifer, a former SSU basketball player has also come on board and is playing a prominent role bringing former SSU basketball players into the group.
Members will have a Tiger Power Prayer conference call on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6:00am CST, 7:00am, EST. Leading the prayer session will be Pastor Edwin Ford.
Sinclair Earns Basketball Honor
Western Carolina senior guard James Sinclair was named the Southern Conference’s Player of the Month for all games played in the month of November. The Savannah High graduate averaged 19.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in six November games to help the Catamounts to a 3-3 mark. He opened the season with fourstraight, 20-plus games, scoring 20 in a 10-point loss at Mississippi State to open the season. He followed that up with a career night in another close loss at an SEC opponent, scoring 31 points in an 80-74 setback at Alabama. Sinclair (6-3, 180) earned the SoCon Player of the Week award on Nov. 18 following his strong start to the season.
Lady Tigers Upend Florida
Savannah State placed four players in double figures as the Lady Tigers defeated the Florida Gators in Tiger Arena by a score of 68-58 on December 4. SSU jumped out to a 15-5 lead before the Gators rallied to take a brief 25-24 lead with 3:46 left in the first half. SSU led by three at halftime and started the second period with a 9-3 spurt to go ahead by nine. Leading by eight, SSU went on a 12-4 run to go ahead 61-45 with just over four minutes left. UF could get no closer than eight the rest of the way. The crowd of 2.260 saw Ezinne Kalu get 21 points and six assists for SSU while Jasmine Norman added 15 points. Bria Dorsey chipped in 14 points and Tiyonda Davis had 10 points and four blocks. On Dec. 6, Bethune-Cookman defeated SSU 59-52 in Tiger Arena. SSU shot a cold 28.1 percent from the floor and trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half. SSU (4-2) was paced by Kalu’s 13 points and 10 rebounds. Davis added 11 rebouds and eight points.
Thirty-eight years ago in 1976, SSU defeated Florida 90-62 in Wiley Gym. Under the directon of head coach Jimmy Westley, SSC jumped out to a 6-0 lead and led 48-26 at the half. SSC’s lead ballooned to as many as 34 points in the second period. Elaine Parrish did most of the damage for the Lady Tigers with 24 points followed by Loscella Davis (14 pts.), Deborah Estelle (10 pts.) and Kathy Wilcox (13 rebounds).
Tigers Defeat Middle Georgia
The Savannah State men’s basketball teams improved to 3-0 at home after a 75-62 win over Middle Georgia on December 4. The victory was bittersweet with freshman forward Tyler Hagan breaking his ankle with just over six minutes left in the first half. It was Hagan’s first game with the team. With the game tied at 24, SSU finished the first half with a 19-5 run and never looked back. Terel Hall led the Tigers with 15 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists. Saadiq Muhammad had 13 points while Jamal Norman and Alante Feener added 10 points each. The Tigers began a tough road stretch with a 95- 49 loss to Indiana on Dec. 6. The Hoosiers broke open a close game with a 15-3 run and never took their foot off the gas. Indiana closed the first half with an 18-2 run and opened the second period with a 17-6 surge. DJ Bryant scored 14 points for SSU (3-6) while Muhammad chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Javaris Jenkins added 11 points.