Tigers break loose in 105-83 victory

By Steve Sell
January 28, 2016
Rhylee Richardson

Central Christian College’s men on Wednesday avenged a loss from five days earlier to Northern New Mexico.

Did they ever.

Central, in one of its best games since Christmas, pounded the Eagles 105-83 to move to 15-5 on the season.

The teams had met last Friday in New Mexico with the Tigers struggling on the offensive end.

Not this time. They shot 59 percent in scoring 58 points in the second half and 52 percent for the game.

“That was a good effort by the guys and I felt we were pretty locked in mentally,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “We needed one like that. I feel like we have been a little tense lately, so it was good for us to regain some of our mojo. We knew rebounding would be a huge key as it was last week, after the first half I was pretty concerned, but we did a much better job second half finishing plays. It always helps when you make shots, too, we have not been shooting the ball that great and it was good to see it go in tonight. We got a lot of guys involved and shared the ball really well, keeping our turnovers down was a plus especially after last night."

Three Tigers hit for at least 20 points, with Sam Clayborn pouring in 29, and Michael Gholston and Ernest Burton adding 20 apiece. CCC was 12 of 27 from 3-point and 29 of 34 at the line, including 12 of 12 by Clayborn and 8 of 8 by Gholston.

Alonzo Stafford scored 14 points, Daniel Nwosuh added 11 and Kendric Warren ruled the glass with 12 rebounds.

Central has the rest of the week off as it doesn’t play again until Tuesday when it travels to York.

Central (105) — Stafford 14, Warren 8, Nwosuh 11, Gholston 20, Clayborn 29, Jackson 3, Burton 20.

Northern New Mexico (83) — Infante 14, Bendegue 17, Cols 12, Ellis 19, Nolan 7, Gibson 3, Idiake 2, Delgado 9.