It was overtime payback for the Central Christian College men here Saturday night.
The Tigers, who lost to Central Baptist College in overtime the Saturday before in Arkansas, prevailed in OT this time against the Mustangs as the teams played for the second time in the last week.
Central outscored CBC 17-13 in the extra session for a 91-87 victory. The Mustangs tied the game late in regulation and the Tigers couldn’t get the winner.
In the OT, the Tigers took the lead for good at the 2:16 mark and Aaron Miller helped them nail the game down at the foul line, where he finished the night 14 of 15.
Central had led 42-37 at the half and pushed the lead to as many as 12, but for the second night in a row couldn’t close out the game in regulation.
CCC’s Michael Gholston, who recently was inserted into the starting lineup because of his firepower, showed he’s a regular for good as he poured in 30 points, including 10 of 20 from the field. Miller scored 20 points, all in the second half and overtime, while Kendric Warren just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.
“It feels good to be back on this side,” said Central coach Tony Romero, whose team is 2-7 in the MCAC and 16-9 overall. “Still wasn't pretty, but we made enough plays down the stretch when we needed to. We battled through a lot of foul trouble tonight and we had some guys step up. Mike had an unbelievable game. Hopefully this can along shot us and give us some confidence heading down the stretch."
Bryan Tardy led CBC with 16 points.
The Tigers are on the road Tuesday to play York.
CCC (91) — Gholston 30, Miller 20, Fort 9, Warren 9, Nwosuh 8, Rojas 7, Quant 5, Quincy 3.
CBC (87) — Huskey 14, Brown 9, Chatters 14, Eskridge 14, Tardy 16, McDaniel 6, Reed 4, Brewster 5, Thomas 5.
• CENTRAL BAPTIST WOMEN 65, CENTRAL 60 — That first MCAC victory continues to be elusive for the Lady Tigers.
The Mustangs took control down the stretch after the game had been tied at 56-all to send the Lady Tigers to 0-9 in the MCAC and 8-18 overall.
“A strong effort wasn't enough to overcome our poor shooting tonight, both from the floor and from the line,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “It was a sloppy game all around for us — too many turnovers and too many offensive rebounds allowed. Offensively, we got away from our set offense way too early in the shot clock, leading to a lot of freelancing, which isn't our strong suit. Even with that, the kids played hard enough to keep us in it at the end with a chance to pull it out. "
Central’s Quamisha Spence broke out of her mini-slump with 24 points and 16 rebounds, while Libby Regier added 11 points. CCC was only 19 of 63 from the field. Abbi Stearns led CBC with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady Tigers play Tuesday at York.
CCC (60) — Rhodes 6, Powell 7, Spence 24, Regier 11, Void 2, Pate 2, Garza 5, Osovski 3.
CBC (65) — Gardner 9, Jackson 6, Stearns 21, Eitherington 9, Williams 18, Davidson 2.