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No. 8 sports story of 2018 | MACU athletics experiences success

Mustangs athletics is the No. 8 sports story of 2018

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The Mid-Atlantic Christian men's basketball team celebrates after defeating Trinity Baptist College 75-54 in the Bible College NIT championship game, Saturday, March 3 at Trinity Baptist in Jacksonville, Fla. The Mustangs won the tournament crown for the first time in program history.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Monday, December 24, 2018

It was a year of success and growth for Mid-Atlantic Christian University athletics.

From earning a national championship banner in March to adding a sport, the Mustangs made strides during the calendar year.

MACU athletics is the No. 8 sports story of 2018.

Start in the winter season.

It has somewhat become the norm for the MACU men's basketball team to have its roster turnover from season-to-season.

The 2017-18 Mustangs etched its spot in program history.

The Mustangs finished the season as the Bible College NIT national champions.

The Mustangs began the two-day tournament in Jacksonville, Florida with a 70-67 overtime win against Trinity College of Florida.

Then MACU guard Grayson Tejeda led the Mustangs with 22 points, seven rebound and seven assists.

Dixon Ogwo, then a senior, added 16 points with 18 rebounds.

The Mustangs faced tournament host Trinity Baptist College in the championship game Saturday, March 3.

MACU held a 39-23 lead at halftime and cruised to the 75-54 win to secure the championship.

Tejeda once again led MACU with 18 points, while Ogwo posted 14 points and 16 rebounds in the championship game.

Alex Stanley, who played his high school basketball at Pasquotank County, chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds in the title game.

MACU finished the season with an 11-19 overall.

The MACU women's basketball team also competed in the Women's Bible College NIT championship game Friday, March 2, but lost to Trinity College of Florida 94-55.

The MACU women advanced to the championship game with a 68-56 win against Trinity Baptist College on March 1.

The Lady Mustangs finished with a 9-20 overall record.

MACU along with Johnson and Wales-Charlotte, Warren Wilson and The Apprentice School formed the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference in April.

The conference is under the United States Collegiate Association.

Along with a new conference, MACU announced the creation of a baseball program.

MACU named former Perquimans County High School assistant baseball coach Jason Goetz as its first head coach.

The university said in August that the program plans to field a team for the spring 2019 baseball season.

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