CCC announces basketball schedule

By Jeremy Nelson, Central Christian College Sports Information
September 16, 2016

The Central Christian College men’s and women’s basketball programs have announced their schedules for the 2016-2017 season.

 For the Tigers, this will be their second season in the A.I.I. (Association of Independent Institutions) with the men coming off of a loss in the semifinals of the A.I.I. Conference tournament last season.

The Tiger men ended last season with a 20-15 record and a trip to the NCCAA National Tournament for the first time in school history, where they went 1-2 and took sixth place. They just missed out on a trip to the NAIA tournament as well, falling in the third- and fourth-place game of the A.I.I. Conference Tournament. CCC coach Tony Romero is looking forward giving his guys the opportunity to be in the position of making the NAIA National Tournament field again this year.

Romero has built a competitive 32 game schedule that will allow his team to build confidence, but at the same time challenge them and make them more competitive. The Tigers have a balance of 16 home games and 16 away games, with three of those road games as exhibitions against NCAA D-II programs Fort Hays State University, Emporia State University and Oklahoma Christian University. Ten of their 32 games this season will be against five other A.I.I. Institutions. Their non-conference schedule will consist of 17 games against a variety of NAIA and NCCAA DII teams, including eight games against area KCAC teams.

The big highlight for this upcoming season will be a trip out to Las Vegas Dec. 20-21 to take part in the Las Vegas Hoopla Tournament. The Tigers will play fellow NAIA schools Presentation College and Dakota Wesleyan University on that trip. The Tigers will also host two classic tournament this season. The first is the Classic for Christ Nov. 11-12 and the second is the A.I.I Classic Jan. 20-21.

For the Tiger women, they are coming off an 8-22 record in 2015-2016. Like the men, they too have 32 games on the schedule for this season, 16 home and 16 on the road. The Tiger women’s schedule has a couple of differences from their male counterparts. For instance the non-conference portion of the women’s schedule will have just seven games against KCAC opponents and will have six exhibition games, five against NCAA DII teams, and one against an NCAA DI team, instead of three exhibitions like the men. The women’s exhibition games include Southwest Baptist University, Rockhurst University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Newman University, Panhandle State University and Rogers State University.

In A.I.I. Conference play, the Tiger women will play the same teams as the Tiger men. However, they will play two fewer conference games, as they will not be going out to New Mexico in January with the men to play in an A.I.I. classic hosted by Northern New Mexico University.

Both Tiger teams will kick off their season at home on Oct. 28 against the Bethel College Threshers. The women tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8. All home games this season will be streamed live on the Tiger Sports Network.