Central Christian College’s men put their hearts back together in a hurry.
The Tigers, who suffered such an emotionally devastating loss on Friday to College of the Ozarks, got right back on the horse here Saturday with a convincing 91-74 victory over former MCAC counterpart Haskell.
“Tonight was an important win for our guys,” said CCC coach Tony Romero, whose team is now 16-6. “It's not always easy responding the next day after a disappointing outcome the night before, but our guys showed a lot of character bouncing back the way they did against Haskell."
Central took the game by the throat in the first half, stifling Haskell’s normally potent offense to lead 39-27. The Tigers expanded the lead to 20 before somewhat taking the foot off the gas.
“The first half our defense carried us as we didn't shoot the ball very well and had some foul trouble,” Romero said. “The second half we scored and were getting good looks at the rim, but I wasn't too happy with our defensive errors the last 10 minutes. I felt we were lacking urgency when we got up early in the second half."
Sam Clayborn fired in 21 points to lead Central. Michael Gholston scored 18, Daniel Nwosuh 14, Ernest Burton 12 and Kendric Warren 10. Alonzo Stafford just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Central heads to Nebraska on Monday for make-up game with York.
Central (91) — Clayborn 21, Gholson 18, Nwosuh 14, Burton 12, Warren 10, Stafford 9, Robbins 4, Jackson 3.
Haskell (74) — Sequoyah 12, Everett 9, Moore 3, Moudy 3, Gore 30, Middleton 8, Narcomey 3, Rudd 6.
• HASKELL WOMEN 81, CENTRAL 49 — No. 18-ranked Haskell clamped down on the Central Christian College’s offense, which has turned cold after such a hot stretch where it was scoring 90 points a game.
The Lady Tigers were in the game for only a quarter before Haskell pulled away by as many as 31.
“We're pretty good when we're hitting shots," CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “But when we're not, we struggle mightily. Tonight was one of those nights. We shot poorly and turned the ball over way too much, which resulted in Haskell having a lot of easy opportunities down court. In addition to that, we didn't defend well in the halfcourt and didn't do a good job at keeping Haskell off the offensive glass in the first half. Very tough to beat a good team when those things all happen in the same game."
Heather Crittenden was a bright spot for CCC with 17 points.
Central, now 8-16, goes to York for Monday’s make-up game.
Central (49) — Crittenden 17, Grimaldo 9, Costello 5, Banks 4, Woods 3, Brooks 2, Floyd 2, Austin 2, Redenbaugh 2, Laskowski 2, Young 1.
Haskell (81) — Livingston 9, Sumpter 16, Warrior 11, Meat 13, Begay 2, Sloan 4, Murphy 4, Levier 2, Reyes 9, Coriz 2, Buffalo 9.