Central cagers win exciting games

By Steve Sell
December 09, 2016
Central Christian College Sports Information

Seven is heaven for Central Christian College’s men’s basketball team.

The Tigers pushed their winning streak to seven games here Thursday, but not before receiving a strong push from Manhattan Christian, 79-76.

CCC is 8-3 after starting the year 1-3 and it swept the season series with the Thunder with both of the games being close.

Daniel Nwosuh’s 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in the game provided the margin of victory for the Tigers and the Thunder missed at the end to tie.

“We are fortunate to come away with a win," CCC coach Tony Romero said. "We were missing a few guys and didn't go very deep tonight, but we found a way to finish in the end. Big shot by Daniel.” 

Michael Gholston led the Tigers with 25 points, while Sam Clayborn (20) and Jubril Osagie (12) also hit for double figures.

Steve Kuminga had a big game off the glass with 13 rebounds.

Central goes on the road Saturday to play Oklahoma Christian University for its last exhibition game.

CCC (79) — Gholston 25, Clayborn 20, Osagie 12, Burton 8, Kuminga 8, Nwosuh 6.

Manhattan Christian (76) — McDonald 3, Turner 16, White 19, Babalola 9, Awbrey 8, Houston 11, DeWalt 5, McElroy 5.

• CENTRAL WOMEN 71, MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN 70 — Abbie Banks’ free throw in the closing seconds gave Central the win and a sweep of the season series.

The Tigers were playing their final game of 2016 and they’ll head into the new year with a 6-6 record, an amazing feat considering they have only seven players.

“Crazy end to a sloppy game," Central coach Chris Honeck said. “But I'm proud of the composure we showed down the stretch. Manhattan Christian gave us everything they had and we were fortunate to pull that one out. We made some big plays down the stretch and did just enough to get the win.  Very nice to end the first part of our season with some momentum. We're looking forward to having some time to rest and to getting some kids back for January."

Piper Kalthoff had another big game for CCC with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Banks finished with 16 points, Kelsey Grimaldo scored 12 and Ridglea Hearne had her best game with 10.

Brooke Briggs was sensational in defeat for the Thunder as she scored 35 points, sinking 7 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Central doesn’t play again until Jan. 10 when it hosts Barclay College.

Central (71) — Glessner 2, Kalthoff 23, Grimaldo 12, Banks 16, Rhoton 8, Hearne 10.

Manhattan Christian (70) — Wenger 17, Jennings 2, Briggs 35, Chaflant 14, Cathemer 2.