CCC men advance to tourney semifinals

By Steve Sell
March 10, 2016

DENVER — Central Christian College’s offense had come and gone in recent games, but Thursday the Tiger men were on fire.

Central rolled to a 111-75 victory over Crowley’s Ridge in the first round of the NCCAA Regional Tournament. It will now play top-seed Southwestern Christian at 4 p.m. Friday in the semifinals as CCC attempts to avenge an 85-78 regular-season loss to the Eagles.

“We came out with purpose and great enthusiasm today,” said CCC coach Tony Romero, whose team can reach the 20-win plateau on Friday as it’s 19-12. "We really executed well on the offensive end, we shared the ball, made extra passes, it was fun to watch.  Everything is easier when you make shots, I hope we left some of those bullets for tomorrow. We are facing a very good Southwestern Christian team that beat us earlier in the year, we are going to need a great team effort on both sides of the basketball."

Michael Gholston’s 22 points led CCC, which sprinted to a 59-37 halftime lead as it got up and down the floor in a hurry. Ernest Burton and Alonzo Stafford scored 19 and 18 points, respectively.

The Tigers had no answer for Shaquille Culbreath, who burned them for 39 points in a losing effort.

Central made 44 of 71 shots, a mind-boggling 18 of 31 from 3-point. They had 24 assists and only 10 turnovers.