Tigers swept in SAC games at home

By Steve Sell
December 06, 2017
Beth Morford

Central Christian College’s basketball teams continue to have troubles solving the Sooner Athletic Conference puzzle.

Both Tiger teams played their first conference games at home on Tuesday after spending the first week on the road. The change of venue didn’t help as they dropped decisions to John Brown University of Arkansas.

Central’s men lost 84-72 despite 19 points by Cam Martin and a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds by Jubril Osagie. What hurt about this loss was that Central was up at one point by 19 points in the first half and led 43-36 at the break before scoring just 29 points in the second half.

 The Tigers were just 25 of 57 from the field, though they did hit 7 of 19 from 3-point. John Brown won the board battle with a 41-35 rebounding advantage.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 5-4 overall, 0-3 in the SAC. They host Bacone College at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Central (72) — Warren 6, Osagie 14, Martin 19, Lenard 3, Ard II 9, Jordan 2, Daniels 4, Williams 5, Kuminga 7, Simpson 3.

John Brown (84) — Toussaint 12, Bowling 19, Waller 12, Caudle 19, Rucker 3, Jones 4, Corder 3, Grabliauskas 3, Smith 2, Habazin 7.

• JOHN BROWN WOMEN 92, CENTRAL 58 — The No. 18-ranked Golden Eagles jumped out to a 23-7 lead and led 43-21 at the half as they took the suspense out of this one early.

The loss left Central at 0-3 in the SAC and 1-10 overall.

Abbie Banks led Central with 19 points, while Holly Golden and Kassidy Forsberg added 11 apiece.

“We are slowly learning to play together,” Central coach Marc Golden said. "We had a season-low 9 turnovers and that was against a very good John Brown team. Of course we would love the win, but this is one of the ingredients for winning basketball."

The Golden Eagles had a lot of depth, as their bench outscored their starters 48-44.

The Tigers host Bacone at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Central (58) — Banks 19, Golden 11, Forsberg 11, Hearne 6, Yannello 5, Travino 3, Cooke 3.

John Brown (92) — Schammel 10, Cameron 10, Reece 9, Deines 8, Williams 7, Skrastina 21, Orpo 7, Martin 6, Teague 6, Fergen 3, Chandra 3, Roh 2.