Flames shine on homecoming weekend, beat Piedmont by 33 points
On Saturday, Nov. 3, Lee University rivaled Piedmont College for the annual Homecoming weekend basketball game in the Walker Arena. The Flames clenched victory with a final score of 83-50.
Walker Arena was filled with all different faces of Lee, both new and old. The faces through Lee’s 100 years created a fantastic crowd for the Flames' home opener.
Josh Dawson attended the game as a student and said the fans really played a role in the Flames victory.
“The crowd was energetic and there was a sense of pride with current students and alumni being there together, cheering on the team,” Dawson said.
Colton Blevins led the Flames with 14 points in his junior debut at Walker Arena. Fellow junior Ryan Montgomery pitched in 13, and redshirt freshman Drew Jones had a dozen points of his own. This power proved the Flames have a lot of offensive energy when the team is firing on all cylinders.
Sophomore Jason Landman said the Flames have players willing to put in the work for the team, and when they’re all working together, not much can stop them.
“We have a lot of talented players who can come together and play as a team,” Landman said. “I have high hopes for this season.”
The Flames home opener was just a starting point for what Coach Bubba Smith’s team is capable of this season. Ryan Montgomery said this crew has the potential to make waves in Division II basketball this year, and this 33-point blowout is just the beginning.
“This upcoming season is going to be great,” Montgomery said, “We have really good chemistry together on and off the court. We just want to show people we can compete at a high level every time we step on the court.”
The Flames are back in action at Walker Arena at Nov. 9 and will take on Embry-Riddle University, followed by a big matchup against Palm Beach Atlantic on Nov. 10.