SALINA — It’s not the start to the season that Central Christian College’s men’s basketball team expected.
The Tigers dropped their second straight on Tuesday with an 81-73 setback to KCAC school Kansas Wesleyan. They had opened their season last week with a 3-point loss to another KCAC school, Bethel.
"Tough loss, we are not doing a lot of things right," CCC coach Tony Romero said. "Both games we were playing catch-up most of the game. For an experienced team, we are making a lot of mental errors and I feel like getting outworked, which is not acceptable."
It was the first win of the Anthony Monson era at KW as the former lead Tabor College assistant coach took over for Chris Fear this season.
Central was down as many as 12 points in the first half as it came out ice-cold, but trimmed the deficit to eight, 38-30, by halftime.
The Tigers did make a run in the second half to close within five, 61-56, but Kansas Wesleyan finished strong to even its record at 1-1.
Sam Clayborn led the Tigers with 21 points and Michael Gholston chipped in with 16. Ernest Burton also was in doubles with 12.
Ryan Hill led KW with 19.
The Tigers will take another try at defeating a KCAC school when they host Friends University on Friday at Alexander Arena. Tip time is 7:30 p.m.
Central (73) — Warren 4, Burton 12, Clayborn 21, Nwosuh 2, Gholston 16, Kuminga 6, Guillory 6, Osagie 6.
KW (80) — Lunz 4, Hill 19, Fulton 8, Gandy 10, Johnson 15, Edwards 5, Smith 3, Ellis 6, Gillard 5, Slyvester 3, Neri 2