Stunner! Central men upset Oklahoma City

By Steve Sell
January 17, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY — In one of the biggest upsets in recent years, Central Christian College’s men’s basketball team went on the road Tuesday night and stunned No. 21-ranked Oklahoma City 95-85 to send tremors throughout the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Central is now 3-5 in the SAC and 9-6 overall as it dropped Oklahoma City to 11-5 on the season and 4-4 in the SAC.

“A win feels great, but a road conference win feels so much sweeter,” Central coach Tony Romero said. “So proud of our guys tonight, total team win. We had a rough first 8 minutes to start the game, where they jumped out of us, but our guys did a great job responding and taking the lead into halftime.”

Cam Martin and TJ Williams set the tone at the point guard position.

“Point guard play was special tonight, Cam and TJ combined for 14 assists and only 4 turnovers, they also got to the line 16 times, making 14 of them,” Romero said. “Our guys shared the ball all night long, 25 assists on 32 field goals. To win on the road, we knew we had to take care of the ball and we did a great job tonight, only 9 turnovers. Another focus was making sure we get out to a better start in the second half of games, we did a solid job tonight coming out and playing with urgency. A great win to build on going into the rest of the first round of conference this week."

Williams scored 21 and Martin 19 as the point position produced 40 points. Jubril Osagie was a monster on the inside with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The Tigers, as they have done many times this year, were ahead at the half 45-42, but they put the finishing hammer down in the second half with a whopping 50 points to stun the Stars, who had been 7-1 at home this year.

Central has two games at home to fill out its week, hosting Panhandle State on Thursday and high-flying Wayland Baptist on Saturday.

Central (95) — Ard II 6, Osagie 19, Warren 7, Williams 21, Lenard 9, Arnada 1, Martin 19, Daniels 6, Kuminga 7.

Oklahoma City (85) — Camidge 16, Williams 12, McCollum 10, Bonhomme 16, Robinson 2, Rickert 8, Howell 3, Dunbar 16, Ellis 2.

• OKLAHOMA CITY WOMEN 94, CENTRAL 53 — There was no upset in this one as the No. 5-ranked Stars looked every bit the part.

Central was held to 15 of 67 from the field for 21 percent. Abbie Banks scored 18 points and made 4 3-pointers, while Ridglea Hearne chipped in with 12.

The Stars sped to a 24-9 first-quarter lead and dominated from there.

“We played a team that did the little things extraordinarily well and we did not,”  Central coach Marc Golden said. "Abbie Banks and Ridglea scored well for us tonight, but it was too little firepower against such a well-run program."

Central, 0-8 in the SAC and 1-15 overall, is home Thursday to take on Panhandle State.

Central (53) — Golden 6, Mefford 6, Forsberg 2, Hearne 12, Banks 18, Cooke 3, Anderson 6.

Oklahoma City (94) — LeCour 5, Hammons 6, Irwin 8, Galindo 28, Taylor 3, Shanbour 4, Kay 10, Mitchell 2, Webb 8, Gauer 2, Hill 10, Beathard 8.