Waldorf College is only in its second year of membership in the MCAC, but it’s proven to be a thorn in the side of the Central Christian College men.
The Warriors, who swept last year’s season series, sprang their second straight MCAC upset here Friday night when they outlasted the Tigers 81-77, which was Central’s conference opener.
Waldorf is now 2-0 in the MCAC as it opened last week by upsetting nationally ranked Bellevue, which is Central’s opponent here today at 5 p.m.
“I thought our guys played hard enough to win tonight, but just didn't make enough of the little plays to win,” said CCC coach Tony Romero, whose team came into the game with a sparkling 14-2 nonconference record. “It felt like we just could not catch a break all night. The middle 20 minutes we struggled getting consistent stops.”
Waldorf led most of the way, though Central would never go away. The Tigers stayed in the game behind the play of Aarom Miller, who scored 28 points and dished off for five assists. Michael Gholston came off the bench to score 15, reserve Nathan Fort added 11 and Daniel Nwosuh chipped in with 10. Kendric Warren scraped the glass for 10 rebounds.
The Warriors lost top scorer Gunsby DeJohnett early on with a sprained ankle, but into his stead stepped Teddy Gibson, who wound up scoring 25 points — 21 in the first half — after averaging just 7.8 coming into the game. Jordan Nelson also was a factor for Waldorf with 19, 13 of those in the second half.
Bellevue comes into town today after having defeated York 91-82 on Friday. In another MCAC game of note, Oklahoma Wesleyan upset No. 12-ranked College of the Ozarks 80-78, while Haskell outlasted Central Baptist in a double-overtime shootout, 109-106.
Central (77) — Quincy 4, Warren 4, Miller 28, Nwosuh 10, Rojas 5, Ghoston 15, Fort 11.
Waldorf (81) — Gibson 22, DeJohnett 2, Scott 12, Brewer 10, Nelson 19, Parrish 1, Graham 6, Morgan 4, Crosby 2.
• WALDORF WOMEN 76, CENTRAL 71 —The Lady Tigers were an ice-cold 19 of 76 from the field, yet still had a chance to win their MCAC opener against a Waldorf team that had the worst nonconference record.
Krystina Powell was the only Lady Tiger not affected, as she was 9 of 15 on her way to 21 points. The rest of the Central squad produced just 10 of 61.
Libby Regier scored 10. Reigning MCAC Player of the Week Quamisha Spence was held to eight, making just 2 of 11 shots.
Brooke Rhodes had a monster game off the glass with 18 rebounds for Central, which had a 57-44 advantage, which led to 13 more field goal attempts.
Kelsey Carpenter led Waldorf with 15 points.
“I was proud of the effort the girls gave tonight against a much bigger Waldorf team,” said CCC coach Chris Honeck, whose team dipped to 8-10 overall. “We dominated the game in every statistical category except one — shooting. We outrebounded them by 13 overall, and by 21-5 on the offensive glass. We got to the line and made 32 free throws, while they only took 21. But we shot 19 of 76 from the floor, and only 1 of 21 from behind the arc. Those other categories don't mean much when the ball doesn't go in the hoop.”
The Lady Tigers host No. 12-ranked College of St. Mary at 3 p.m. today.
Central (71) — Powell 21, Spence 8, Shaw 4, Regier 10, Void 7, Rhodes 6, Garza 8, Osovski 7.
Waldorf (76) — Nelsen 3, Carpenter 15, Gehl 2, Schmit 10, Brigham 18, Sanchez 6, Singegal-Smith 8, Demmings 14.