Heart-breaking losses for Central cagers

By Steve Sell
January 19, 2018
Beth Morford

Alexander Arena turned into Heartbreak Hotel for the Central Christian College basketball teams on Thursday.

Both Central teams lost 2-point decisions to Oklahoma-Panhandle State.

• Panhandle men 81, Central 79 — Jerrell Doorbal’s basket with 6 seconds left broke a 79-all tie and gave the Aggies the win. Cam Martin had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but his floater was off.

Central led 40-37 at the half, but the Aggies came back to lead by as many as 8 before Central made a charge.

The Tigers were shorthanded as flu has hit the team.

“This one was a tough one to swallow," Central coach Tony Romero said. "We had a lot of missed opportunities for us when I felt like we had a chance to put them in a hole the second half, but we just couldn't throw a blow. Give a lot of credit to OPSU, they played with more physical toughness and grit than we did tonight. We struggled defending and that is usually a strength of ours. This is our fourth one-possession loss in conference play, we need to learn we are not good enough to win games if we don't play with urgency and toughness."

Jubril Osagie and TJ Williams were dynamite for the Tigers with 29 and 26 points, respectively, while Kendric Warren chipped in with 14.

The Tigers are now 3-6 in the SAC and 9-7 overall. Wayland Baptist comes to town on Saturday for a 5 p.m SAC matchup.

Central (79) — Osagie 29, Williams 26, Warren 14, Martin 8, Aranda 1, Jordan 1.

Panhandle (81) — Whitfield 25, Sumo 22, Harrel 3, Pate 10, Doorbal 15, Ellis 3, Landers 3.

• Panhandle women 62, Central 60 — A furious CCC rally came up short as the Tigers are now 0-9 in the SAC, 1-16 overall.

Central exploded for 23 points in the fourth quarter, but the earlier deficit was too much to overcome. 

“The ladies played harder for each other tonight than they have all year,” CCC coach Marc Golden said. “We also held a team to less than 65 points for the first time this season. We are making progress."

Holly Golden poured in 22 points to lead Central and Abbie Banks tallied 15. Central hosts Wayland Baptist at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Central (60) — Golden 22, Banks 15, Anderson 6, Cooke 5, Regier 5, Forsberg 3, Hearne 2, Mefford 2.

Panhandle (62) — Dearmin 20, Regier 18, Munsch 13, Faulks 4, Rodriguez 1, Roberson 2, Gillum 2, Kelso 1, Southard 1.