2017 has been very, very good to Central Christian College’s men.
The No. 8-ranked Tigers have yet to lose in the new calendar year as they turned back AII counterpart Johnson and Wales 80-68 here Friday night, their fifth straight win.
Central is now 13-5 and 12-2 in its last 14 games.
“Very good start out the gate, then we got sloppy,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “There was a stretch there in the middle 10 minutes of the first half where we lost our composure and were very careless with the basketball. I told the guys at half if we just take care of the ball, we were getting the looks we wanted and converting at a high percentage. The second half, we settled down and only turned it over 3 times. Defensively, I thought we did a great job defending their ball screen actions and forcing tough shots. Winning our first conference game and holding serve at home is important.”
Central led 38-31 at the half and caught fire from 3-point in the second half by making 7 of 12 to finish 11 of 20 for the night.
Sam Clayborn led the Tigers with 19 points, while Jubril Osagie scored 17, Michael Gholston added 16 and Daniel Nwosuh chipped in with 15. Kendric Warren ripped down 9 rebounds.
The Tigers turn around and play at 6:00 here today against Northern New Mexico.
CCC (80) — Clayborn 19, Osagie 17, Gholston 16, Nwosuh 15, Burton 8, Warren 3, Kuminga 2.
Johnson and Wales (68) — Herman 23, Romero 9, Lee 4, Bonner 2, Stone 11, Stephens 2, Anderson 1, Jones 4, Grant-Perry 8, Peterson 4.
• NORTHERN NEW MEXICO 83, CENTRAL 61 — The Tiger women played a different opponent and had a different outcome.
It was all Northern New Mexico, which led 35-21 at half and steadily increased the lead after the break.
"Not a good night for us defensively – we were very soft and didn't do a very good job of executing our game plan,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “At the offensive end of the court, we were very tentative in the first half, though I felt we did a much better job in the second half of doing what we wanted to do. We made way too many mistakes against their press, and allowed them to get easy baskets."
The Tigers lost despite four players in double figures — Abbie Banks (17), Kelsey Grimaldo (15), Alexa Gonzalez (11) and Rebekah Glessner (10). Hayley Floyd had yet another double-figure game in rebounds with 12.
Central is back at it today with a 4:00 game against Johnson and Wales.
Central (61) — Banks 17, Grimaldo 15, Gonzalez 11, Glessner 10, Hearne 7, Redenbaugh 1.
Northern New Mexico (83) — Cordova 19, Ruff 4, Clichee 10, John 15, Herrera 8, Artieda 9, Myles 2, Pena 5, Lucas 11.