DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Central Christian College witnessed big-boy basketball up close and personal on Saturday.
The Tigers gave an admirable account of themselves, trailing the No. 1 team in all the nation, Embry-Riddle, by just nine points at halftime before the Eagles eventually pulled away to an 82-60 victory on their home court in the championship game of the Bahama House Shootout.
Still, the Tigers should be thrilled by their two-day stay, kick-started when they knocked off one of the nation’s hottest teams, Bethany College, on Friday.
Even with a slow start Saturday, the Tigers trailed only 34-25 at the break to keep the Eagles within shouting distance. But Embry-Riddle began to riddle the nets with 3-pointers in the second half to pull away. For the game, the Eagles drained 12 of 28 treys and made 31 of 63 shots overall, compared to 21 of 63 for the Tigers, who were 7 of 22 from beyond the arc.
Rebounding may have been the biggest key of all as the Eagles played volleyball on the glass with 51 rebounds, 18 of them on the offensive end. The Tigers had 28 rebounds total, led by Chris Quincy with five.
All-Tournament pick Aaron Miller led the Tigers with 14 points and Dustin Rojas added 12. The Tigers’ Daniel Nwosuh also made the All-Tournament Team.
DeForest Carter led the Eagles with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The loss ended the Tigers’ second six-game winning streak of the year as they are now 12-2. They leave the sunny climes of Florida to return to the freezer box that is Kansas when they host Manhattan Christian College on Thursday.
CCC (60) — Miller 14, Rojas 12, Warren 8, Fort 7, Nwosuh 6, Clayborn 6, Adams 5, Gholston 2.
Embry-Riddle (82) — Barnes 6, Carter 21, Pastrana 10, Powell 14, Saldana 7, Cadet 6, Ridder 8, Sciano 3, Kiesling 7.