CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Central Christian College’s bid for a trip to the NAIA Men’s National Tournament came up short, but the Tigers now have a shot going the NCCAA route.
In a game to determine a trip to Point Lookout, Mo., a frigid first half did in the Tigers on Sunday as they lost 83-68 to Washington Adventist in the third-place game of the AII Conference Tournament.
Washington Adventist entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed and qualifies for nationals along with Mount Mercy and York College.
Central, having played back-to-back, down-to-the-wire games, had no legs as it shot 8 of 32 from the field in the first half to trail by 20, 47-27. The Tigers caught their second wind after after halftime and outscored the Shock, but the deep hole was too much to climb out of.
Alonzo Stafford, who was a titan in the three games this weekend, scored 19 points to lead the Tigers and Michael Gholston was next with 10.
Central, 18-12, now awaits its NCCAA assignment. It will be posted upon receipt.
Central (68) — Stafford 19, Gholston 10, Clayborn 8, Burton 8, Nwosuh 7, Adams 6, Jackson 5, Robbins 4, Warren 1.
Washington Adventist (83) — Wilson 11, Fleetwood 19, Lindsey 3, McFadden 4, Meredith 22, Bridgeforth 20, Blanchard 4.