Michael Gholston is now the Central Christian College men’s basketball scoring king.
Gholston took over as CCC’s all-time leading scorer here Thursday in a 121-72 rout of Crowley’s Ridge.
Gholston scored 27 points to give him 1,649 in his career, two better than Chris Jones, whose last year was 2013.
“This night belonged to Mike,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. "I was proud of the way our guys rallied around him and wanting to see him break the scoring record. Mike has been a very special player for us, I have been blessed to coach him the last four years and see him grow and mature as a player, but more importantly as a person. Players like him make us coaches look like we know what we are doing. Mike himself would be the first to credit his teammates for finding him over the last four years and putting him in position to help the team. His work ethic is special and he is a great teammate. So happy for him and his teammates tonight.”
His record-breaking point came on a free throw with 11:45 left in the game, at which time the game was stopped for the crowd to acknowledge him. He didn’t play the rest of the way as the Tigers had the game well in hand.
The Tigers were firing on all cylinders as they sprinted to a 66-36 halftime lead. CCC has won three straight since the calendar flipped, moving to 11-5 on the year.
“We have been struggling starting out the gate the last two games, we wanted to make sure we were getting better there,” Romero said. “I was pleased with our focus and grit from go tonight. A lot of positives, everyone contributed, we moved the ball very well — 28 assists on 41 made baskets. The last two games, we have shot the ball at a high percentage but it's because we have the ball popping around now, we are cutting and screening much better. Defensively, the last two games we felt we have given up way too many uncontested shots and allowed teams to get out and run on us a little bit, tonight we did much better contesting and limiting those easy baskets. We are getting better heading into conference and that's the direction we want to be going.”
Steve Kuminga (22), Jubril Osagie (17), Daniel Nwosuh (16), Ernest Burton (12) and LaDarius Lenard (12) gave the Tigers a total of six players in double figures.
Central heads to Ozark Christian on Tuesday.
Central (121) — Gholston 27, Kuminga 22, Osagie 17, Nwosuh 15, Lenard 12, King 6, Clayborn 5, Berg 3, Warren 2, Burton 12.
Crowley’s Ridge (72) — Bernard 4, Culbreath 24, Vance 2, Niswonger 6, Summers 10, Schrable 2, Stapleton 3, Graves 6, Cullins 3, Tritachler 2, Vowell 5, James 1, Moore 4.
• CENTRAL WOMEN 69, CROWLEY’S RIDGE 67 — The Tiger women are back at the .500 mark as Abbie Banks put the team on her back, including the game-winning shot with 0.3 second left for the thrilling victory.
Banks scored 31 points as the Tigers improved to 7-7. They had to play without leading scorer Piper Kalthoff, who is being held out for an eligibility question.
“Couldn't be prouder of a team,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “I was telling my assistant coaches that we watched a young team grow up tonight. Coming back from that deficit, never losing composure, and continuing to battle until the final horn – it was definitely a fun game to be a part of.”
Central was down by as many as 16 early in the fourth quarter before it came charging back.
Banks had six 3-pointers to highlight her performance. She was aided by Rebekah Glessner, who had 12 points, while Micah Redenbaugh scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as she was playing just her second game of the season.
Central goes to Ozark Christian on Tuesday.
Central (69) — Floyd 3, Glessner 12, Grimaldo 7, Banks 31, Hearne 4, Gonzales 3, Redenbaugh 9.
Crowley’s Ridge (67) — Willard 15, Eaker 13, Spence 9, Johnson 6, Burrell 15, McKuin 3, Martin 2, Skelton 4.