Central Christian College’s men did not need any late-game heroics this time.
The Tigers, who needed two overtimes to outlast Ozark Christian in the first meeting between the teams, led by 18 points here Thursday before settling for a 90-83 victory, their 11th in 12 games this season.
The Tigers have one game remaining before Christmas, a 4 p.m. exhibition date Saturday at Fort Hays State.
Central was sensational in the first half, shooting 57 percent to construct a 52-37 lead. Ozark Christian made a nice charge, but the Tigers simply had built too much of an advantage.
“I was proud of our effort and execution in the first half, we came out and played with a lot of energy,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “Aaron (Miller) did a good job getting us going early in the game."
Romero wasn’t as thrilled with the second half.
"I was displeased with the second half, we got too comfortable and we were careless with the basketball and did a really poor job boxing out and finishing plays,” he said.
Miller was dynamite with 29 points and also had seven rebounds and six assists. Dustin Rojas bagged five 3-pointers to finish with 15 points. Ten Tigers in all scored. Kendric Warren had a good game off the glass with 11 rebounds.
Kendall Wingert’s 19 points and seven assists led the Ambassadors.
CCC (90) — Quincy 4, Warren 8, Miller 29, Nwosuh 4, Rojas 15, Quant 9, Gholston 7, Clayborn 4, Adams 8, Robbins 2.
Ozark Christian (83) — Goodwin 16, Wingert 19, Woodring 12, Myers 13, Jones 4, Allmoslecher 3, Pettit 12, Seaton 4.
• CENTRAL WOMEN 91, OZARK CHRISTIAN 41 — The Lady Tigers will take a three-game winning streak and 7-8 record into the break after perhaps their most complete game of the year.
“Another great effort,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “I thought our offensive execution tonight was as good as it's been all season, and our defense was very solid. We had just played this team three weeks ago and it was a 16-point game. We held their best player to 15 points, and only two in the first half, and she had 33 against us last time.”
Krystina Powell and Quamisha Spence led the Lady Tigers with 17 points apiece and Brooke Rhodes furnished 12 off the bench.
CCC is off until Jan. 9 when its hosts Manhattan Christian, which is the first of five straight home games.
CCC (91) — Powell 17, Spence 17, Regier 9, Garza 5, Osovski 4, Pate 4, Rhodes 12, Void 5, Alderson 4, Shaw 6, O’Brine 6, Villi 2.
Ozark Christian (41) — Chandler 11, Schlitz 6, Matlack 15, Wood 1, Herrod 6, Prahl 2.