SALINA — There’s avenging losses and then there’s REALLY avenging losses.
Central Christian College’s men, who dropped an 83-78 decision to Kansas Wesleyan during the first week of the season, bludgeoned the Coyotes 72-48 in the rematch Tuesday night at Mabee Arena.
The Tigers stormed to a 41-27 halftime advantage and then strafed KW defensively in the second half, giving up just 21 points.
The victory improved CCC to 10-2.
“It was a great defensive effort tonight, our guys were pretty locked in,” Central coach Tony Romero said. “We had great energy from everyone. One of biggest areas of improvement was our focus getting up and down the floor in transition, we finally got back to running. When we do those things well, I like our chances of being successful."
Michael Gholston, who missed all of December due to injury, returned to his old form with 21 points to lead the Tigers and knocked down six 3-pointers. Sam Clayborn hit 6 of 8 shots to score 15, while Ernest Burton, also coming back from injury, added 12, as did Alonzo Stafford.
No Coyote hit for double figures.
Central goes to Moore, Okla., on Thursday to take part in the Hillsdale Classic, playing the host school at 8 p.m. CCC then plays a 1 p.m. game on Friday against Arlington Baptist.
Central (72) — Gholston 21, Stafford 12, Warren 5, Nwosuh 5, Clayborn 15, Burton 12, Robbins 2.
KW (48) — Lunz 4, Smith 8, Hill 6, Hildago 3, Criswell 5, Edwards 5, Murray 1, Sylvester 4, Mitchell 3, Roth 6, Long 2, Sartor 1.
• OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN WOMEN 104, CENTRAL 66 — The Lady Tigers also played Wesleyan on Tuesday, but it was Oklahoma Wesleyan.
And the matchup between former MCAC members didn’t go well as the Eagles poured in 13 of 26 from 3-point to run away and hide.
Heather Crittenden led Central with 14 points and MacKenzie Woods added 11, as the Lady Tigers are now 4-11 on the year.
Oklahoma Wesleyan’s big quarter was the third when it rang up a whopping 36 points.
“When we executed our game plan, we were pretty good tonight," CCC coach Chris Honeck. "Unfortunately, we only did that for about a quarter. Oklahoma Wesleyan is a team that can score a bunch of points in a hurry and they took advantage of a few mental lapses to extend the lead. We just made way too many mistakes in the second and third quarters and once they got rolling, they just kept going."
Central plays an exhibition game Monday at NCAA Division II school Rockhurst.
Central (66) — Crittenden 14, Woods 11, Campa 7, Stackhouse 6, Banks 6, Laskowski 4, Costello 4, Brooks 3, Young 3, Grimaldo 3, Garza 3, Lopez 2.
Oklahoma Wesleyan (104) — Ageson 6, Backward 11, Hernandez 13, Been 10, Morgan 15, Kirby 8, Eberhart 1, McNespey 6, Robinson 17, Crow 4, Rose 2, Gitau 8, Martin 3.