When Central Christian College’s men play like this, they’re tough to stop.
The Tigers raced to a 47-22 halftime lead on Saturday and never relented in pounding Ozark Christian College, 97-50.
The two teams have played some close, high-scoring games in the past, but the Ambassadors didn’t have the firepower to stay with the Tigers on this day.
“I feel like we are in a better groove defensively the last three games,” a pleased Central coach Tony Romero said. “Everything is easier for us when we limit second-chance opportunities and get out and contest shots. Those two things we are doing really well as of late. Offense is being created because of those areas of focus. We did a good job moving the ball tonight as well."
Ernest Burton, filling in for the injured Michael Gholston, continued to flourish in a starting role with 22 points, while Alonzo Stafford had 19, along with 11 rebounds. Jerome Jackson brought some energy off the bench with 12 points and Kendric Warren had 10.
Central knocked down 12 3-pointers in the game and shot 49 percent from the field, while holding Ozark Christian to a miserable 27 percent.
The victory improved the Tigers to 9-2. With finals week coming up, the Tigers are off until Dec. 14 when they play an exhibition game at Oklahoma Baptist.
Central (97) — Burton 22, Stafford 19, Warren 10, Nwosuh 9, Clayborn 9, Glynn 8, Jackson 12, Guillory 5, Lenard 3.
Ozark Christian (50) — Witt 6, Alimoslecher 6, Hand 3, Nelson 7, Turner 10, Williams 9, Clark 4, Javier 2, Atkinson 3.
• CENTRAL WOMEN 87, OZARK CHRISTIAN 71 — The Lady Tigers wore down the six-member Ambassadors for their third win of the year.
Heather Crittenden had a dominating performance for Central with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Kylie Laskowski picked off a career-high 16 rebounds. Libby Brooks knocked down five 3-pointers on her way to 19 points and Caitlyn Campa continued her good work off the bench with 13, along with six assists.
Central scored at least 20 points in each of the four quarters and had a 42-34 lead at the half.
“I'm pleased with the win," Central coach Chris Honeck said. “But even this win showed that we have a lot of room for improvement. I feel as if we got outhustled for most of the game, but that our size and depth, in the end, was too much for Ozark to handle."
Central goes on the road Thursday to play KCAC member Bethel College in North Newton.
Central (87) — Laskowski 6, Crittenden 22, Young 4, Brooks 19, Banks 9, Garza 7, Costello 6, Campa 13, Austin 1.
Ozark Christian (71) — Schlitz 8, C. Matlack 28, Hilton 18, Schultz 11, W. Matlack 4, Elrod 2.