HAYS — Central Christian College’s men got a taste of what NCAA Division II basketball is all about.
The Tigers ventured West on Wednesday to take on Fort Hays State, dropping a 96-64 exhibition decision.
Fortunately for the Tigers, the loss does not count on their record because the schools are in different classifications and playing such quality competition can only help them.
The first half did Central in, as it trailed 52-32. The second half was far more competitive as CCC improved its shooting percentage.
Michael Gholston led the Tigers with 16 points, while Sam Clayborn scored 14. Alonzo Stafford and Ernest Burton chipped in with 12 apiece and Stafford just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
The Tigers were somewhat rattled by the Fort Hays defense, committing 23 turnovers, while Fort Hays handled the ball well with just nine miscues.
Jake Stoppel and Dom Samac led Fort Hays with 18 points apiece and Craig Nicholson furnished 15. Former McPherson High All-Stater Kyler Kinnamon came off the bench to score six points, dished out three assists and did not commit a turnover in his 19 minutes of action.
Central is on the road Saturday to play Barclay College.
CCC (64) — Gholston 16, Stafford 12, Warren 1, Nwosuh 3, Clayborn 14, Jackson 2, Burton 12, Robbins 4.
Fort Hays (96) — Stoppel 18, Samac 18, Nicholson 15, Davis 6, Enoch 8, O’Neil 6, Sabic 2, Gillum 5, Kinnamon 6, Spresser 2, Holmes 2, Werth 1, Kite 7.