Central Christian College’s men brought a quick end to their first losing streak of the season.
The Tigers, who had lost back-to-back games for the first time all season, outlasted Barclay College 87-80 Tuesday night at Alexander Arena to improve to 14-5.
The Tigers, who led 46-36 at the half, could never quite shake the pesky Bears.
“Give credit to Barclay," CCC coach Tony Romero said. "I felt throughout most of the game they played with more passion than we did. We just happened to make enough plays down the stretch to be fortunate enough to fend them off. There is a lot we didn't do well and some of that credit again goes to Barclay, but there are several bonehead things we are doing on both ends of the floor that we need to correct in a hurry. I'm happy for our guys that they responded by showing some grit down the stretch."
Alonzo Stafford had a monster game for the Tigers by exploding for 25 points and a whopping 19 rebounds, eight of them off the offensive glass. Michael Gholston stroked in 22 points and Sam Clayborn added 18.
The Tigers are right back on the court tonight hosting Northern New Mexico, which defeated them 77-69 last Friday in New Mexico. Tip time at the Arena is 7:30 p.m.
Central (87) — Burton 9, Stafford 25, Nwosuh 6, Gholston 22, Clayborn 18, Jackson 3, Warren 4.
Barclay (80) — Milton 11, Bradley 30, Hibler 11, Broadhead 8, A. Maloney 2, K. Maloney 11, Walker 7.
• HILLSDALE BAPTIST WOMEN 77, CENTRAL 65 — The high-scoring Lady Tigers were held in check for the first time in quite a while as they could make only 24 of 67 shots, 8 of 24 from long distance.
The game was tied at 33 at the half, but the Saints — ranked No. 1 in the NCCAA and with just one loss on the year — outscored CCC 18-10 in the third quarter to take command.
The loss spoiled a magnificent game by Heather Crittenden, who made 11 of 13 floor shots and scored 24 points. Ciara Costello added 13.
“I was pleased with our effort tonight, but not with our execution, especially at the defensive end,” said CCC coach Chris Honeck, whose team is now 8-13. “There were stretches where we played very well, especially in the first half, but in the end, too many defensive lapses in the second half hurt us. We gave up far too many offensive rebounds, and didn't help well defensively at all. Against a team as good as Hillsdale, we can't have those types of mistakes and expect to win.”
Central hosts nationally ranked Tabor at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tabor has the KCAC’s open night since the conference has 11 teams.
Central (65) — Woods 2, Crittenden 24, Brooks 5, Costello 13, Banks 7, Young 6, Grimaldo 3, Stackhouse 3, Austin 2.
Hillsdale (77) — Grant 16, Willis 5, Reyes 8, Ferry 14, Robinson 2, McBride 4, Johnson 5, Davidson 1, Ellis 4, Smith 11, Edwards 7.