YORK, Neb. — There’s probably not many basketball teams in the country that are 2-8 in their conference as talented as the Central Christian College men.
The Tigers fell to that mark in MCAC play Tuesday when they were edged on the road 83-81 by York College. As has been their pattern in recent games, they played well enough to construct a healthy lead, but faded down the stretch.
"Once again we got up big in the second half, but just cannot seem to finish games down the stretch,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “We were solid for 35 minutes and then got too comfortable. We have to find a way to be tougher at the end of games. If we just make one to two more plays when we need them the last few games we are singing a different song. Everything is a learning experience. I know my guys and they will commit to making it better."
Central actually was up by double digits before the Panthers stormed back to take the lead with 3 minutes left, then hung on.
Freshman Michael Gholston continues to be a star in the making as he poured in 23 points to lead the Tigers, while Aaron Miller scored 14 and Daniel Nwosuh added 11. The Tigers were blistering from 3-point, making 9 of 16 and turned it over only 10 times. Rebounding was a difference as the Panthers grabbed 38 to just 29 for the Tigers.
Andre Vaughn was a handful for the Tigers as he led York with 25 points.
CCC, now 16-10 overall, hopes to get back on track at home this weekend by playing Haskell on Friday and Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday.
CCC (81) — Quincy 4, Warren 3, Miller 14, Gholston 23, Nwosuh 11, Quant 3, Rojas 9, Clayborn 7, Fort 7.
York (83) — Jackson 6, Sonnier 2, Vaughn 25, Brewer 19, Mignott 17, Willis 10, Marshall 2, Howe 2.
• YORK WOMEN 77, CENTRAL 60 — York jumped on CCC quickly by pushing out to a 10-point lead at half, 37-27 and gradually pulled away.
The loss dropped the Lady Tigers to 0-10 in the MCAC and 8-19 overall.
CCC’s Quamisha Spence continued to state her case for All-Conference honors with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Krystina Powell scored 10 points and pulled down seven boards.
“We did a lot of things well tonight, but had trouble finishing at the hoop,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “We executed our offense well and got a lot of really good looks at the basket, but we missed 20 layups and 15 other shots inside 12 feet. We handled their pressure well, rebounded well, and slowed down their uptempo game, but just couldn't hit the shots we needed to."
Doreen Lopez led York with 17 points.
Central is back home this weekend for games against Haskell on Friday and Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday.
CCC (60) — Rhodes 5, Powell 10, Spence 22, Regier 5, Void 4, Pate 4, Garza 7, Osovski 3.
York (77) — Lopez 17, Swope 9, Becker 13, Echols 8, Minjarez 15, E. Maher 3, Klinkhammer 5, Payne 3, M. Maher 4.