Central men fall in semifinals

By Steve Sell
February 26, 2017
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POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — An NAIA national berth is now out of the question, but Central Christian College’s men’s basketball team isn’t done.

The Tigers lost a 70-68 decision to Washington Adventist University on Saturday in the semifinals of the AII Tournament.

But Central, now 23-8, will try to qualify for the NCCAA National Tournament, in which they competed last year. They will play in a Central Regional, with the information to be announced later.

The Tigers had trouble with the Shock’s pressure defense, committing 19 turnovers and suffering from another difficult shooting night from the field, just as they did on Friday in their opening-round win.

Daniel Nwosuh led the Tigers with 16 points, Sam Clayborn added 14 and Michael Gholston scored 12.

Central actually was up 32-25 at the half, but Shock big man Brian Bridgeforth was a force in the second half and he finished the game with 31 points.

Central (68) — Warren 4, Osagie 4, Clayborn 14, Nwosuh 16, Gholston 12, Lenard 3, Kuminga 8, Burton 7.

Washington Adventist (70) — Meredith 4, Bridgeforth 31, Lindsey 10, Fleetwood 18, Vines 4, Wilson 3.