Tigers lose, now the wait begins

By Steve Sell
March 12, 2016

DENVER — Central Christian College’s men’s basketball season may or may not be over.

The Tigers were ousted from the NCCAA Regional Tournament on Friday after a 71-58 loss to No. 1-seed Southwestern Christian, but there’s a chance the Tigers could still receive an at-large bid.

That determination is expected to made some time this weekend.

The Tigers, who had played their best offensive game of the year on Thursday by exploding for 111 points, probably wished they could have saved some of those. They shot only 34 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point after making 18 treys the day before.

Central showed some big heart as it clawed back, chopping a 35-24 halftime deficit down to three, 51-48, but the Eagles used a 20-10 run to pull away.

Sam Clayborn led Central with 14 points, while Michael Gholston and Alonzo Stafford talied 11 apiece.

The Tigers are 19-13 on the season.

CCC (58) — Stafford 11, Warren 3, Nwosuh 4, Gholston 11, Clayborn 14, Jackson 3, Burton 6, Robbins 6.

Southwestern Christian (71) — Still 21, Scott 4, Parish 11, Laurent 21, White 8, Brown 3, Mukes 2, Brown 1.