Tiger men rout Panhandle State

By Steve Sell
February 11, 2018

GOODWELL, Okla. — Any basketball win on the road in the Sooner Athletic Conference is considered quality.

A 26-point road win is considered outstanding.

Central Christian College’s men were on fire from start to finish on Saturday as they pounded Panhandle State before the Aggies’ home faithful, 103-77.

CCC improves to 6-10 in the SAC and 13-11 overall as it continues to make a run for a berth in the postseason tournament.

Jubril Osagie poured in 26 points to lead five Tigers in double figures. TJ Williams came off the bench for 17, Paul Ard II added 16, Antonio Daniels had a career night by making 7 of 7 shots and scoring 15, while Cam Martin had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, despite being a point guard.

Central was 38 of 74 from the field and poured in 13 3-pointers.

“I was very pleased with our team tonight,” Tiger coach Tony Romero said. "It was a great effort all around. Defensively, we guarded pretty well-limiting them to 33 percent shooting for the game, we fouled more than we would have liked, but we contested shots and rebounded the ball very well, holding them to 4 offensive rebounds. We were able to turn stops into transition offense, which is probably one of the better games for us as of late pushing the ball, pitching ahead and converting." 

The Tigers played unselfish basketball, which drew praise from Romero.

 "The stat I was probably most proud of is 25 assists on 38 baskets, showing we were sharing the ball, making extra passes, it translated to having near six guys in double figures,” Romero said. “Our guys really wanted to get this one, we lost a heart-breaker on our home floor the first time we played them. We had a tough one that didn't go our way on Thursday and I was pleased that they showed up the next day and this morning to put in the necessary preparation which led to our success tonight.”

Jace Kerr was a handful in defeat as the lit it up for 37 points to lead the Aggies, including 6 of 9 from 3-point and 13 of 13 at the line.

The Tigers host nationally ranked Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Central (103) — Warren 5, Osagie 26, Martin 13, Lenard 9, Ard II 16, Arnada 1, Daniels 15, Williams 17, Kuminga 1.

Panhandle (77) — Kerr 37, Sumo 4, Whitfield 14, Pate 10, Ellis 5, Powell 7.

• PANHANDLE WOMEN 80, CENTRAL 55 — The Tigers could make only 26 percent of their shots and fell to 1-23 on the season, 0-16 in the SAC.

Abbie Banks fired in 16 points to lead CCC, while Ridglea Hearne and Holly Golden tallied 13 apiece, with Golden making 11 of 13 free throws.

“OPSU came out with an intention to out-rebound us and they did,” CCC coach Marc Golden said. "We had one of our worst-shooting games ever and that is a problem when you get out-rebounded.  The team is playing with more patience on offense, but it is time to put it all together on the same night."

Central (55) — Forsberg 6, Hearne 13, Cooke 3, Banks 16, Golden 13, Regier 2, Mefford 2.

Panhandle (80) — Latta 2, Faulks 4, Regier 15, Munsch 17, Dearmin 19, Roberson 10, Kelso 3, Rodriguez 8.