Charlie Shorter named Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year

MACU-BasketBallplayerMid-America Christian University senior guard Charlie Shorter has been named the Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year, while junior forward Angelo Lewis was chosen as the conference's Newcomer of the Year, the league announced last week. 

Shorter was selected to the All-Conference first-team and Lewis was named a second-team pick.  Also receiving recognition was senior guard Camilo Valencia, who was an honorable-mention performer.

Just one day after being named the SAC Player of the Year, Short was also named Co-MVP by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Region.

Shorter became just the fifth player in MACU history to eclipse the 2,000 point mark and currently sits at 2,071 career points after a career-best 42-point effort against No. 3-ranked John Brown University and 22 points in a win at St. Gregory's University last Saturday (Feb. 23).  

The 6'1 guard from Dallas, Texas is the SAC's leading scorer at 22.0 ppg and has also recorded a conference-leading two steals per game this season. 

Angelo Lewis has made an immediate impact on the Evangels this season and is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 ppg and leads the SAC with 8.2 rebounds a game.  He also leads the SAC in field-goal percentage and double-doubles (nine) on the season. 

Valencia closed out his MACU career by ranking fourth in the SAC in assists per game (4.0 apg) and is third on the team in scoring with 9.6 ppg.  In the regular season finale Saturday, Valencia scored a team-high 27 points to lead the Evangels to an 81-70 win at SGU to sew up the third seed in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament. 

The trio will lead the Evangels into the SAC Tournament starting Thursday night (Feb. 28) against the sixth-seeded Rogers State University Hillcats at 9:45 p.m.  The tournament is held on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.

The Evangels will be looking for their third win over RSU this season after besting the Hillcats 93-84 (Jan. 5) in Claremore, Okla. and rallying from a 13-point deficit to turn back the Hillcats 76-72 at home.