You know the MCAC is a powerful conference when a team as talented as the Central Christian College men are in sixth place.
The Tigers moved up a spot in the standings after Friday's 96-85 victory over Haskell, which made them 3-8 in conference play but 17-10 overall. They probably aren't going to make the MCAC postseason tournament, but could qualify for NCCAA play.
Central's Aaron Miller scored 25 points and dished off for 10 assists, while Michael Gholston added 23 points as his star continues to get brighter.
The Tigers were blazing in the first half, rolling to a 52-37 lead and this time they were able to close out the game, something they haven't been doing recently.
"I was very pleased with our energy and focus out of the gate," CCC coach Tony Romero said. "I thought our bench gave us a huge boost the first half. Rebounding was the main focus coming into this game and I thought we did a decent job limiting their second-chance points. We were able to get out in transition and create some baskets from our defense."
The difference in the game was at the foul line, where the Tigers were 29 of 38 compared to 19 of 28 for Haskell. TsaLiDi Sequoyah was 8 of 8 from the field for the Indians and finished with a team-high 21 points.
The Tigers are back in action today as they host Oklahoma Wesleyan at 5 p.m. It is Senior Day since it's the final regular-season home game.
CCC (96) — Quincy 3, Warren 5, Miller 25, Ghoston 23, Nwosuh 6, Quant 8, Rojas 9, Brooks 2, Clayborn 6, Fort 9.
Haskell (85) — Thompson 14, Lovato 10, Sequoyah 21, Rousseau 12, Everett 4, Schneider 3, Bruns 10, Proctor 4, Middleton 7.
HASKELL WOMEN 71, CENTRAL 67 — The Lady Tigers were halfway home to their first MCAC win of the season, leading 27-25 at the half, but Haskell came back to deny them.
Keli Warrior led four Haskell players in double figures with 19 points.
The loss spoiled a nice game by CCC's Quamisha Spence, who scored 23 points and yanked down 10 rebounds. Harley Pate came off the bench to supply 11 points.
"I was very proud of the heart and fight we exhibited tonight," CCC coach Chris Honeck said. "This team had beaten us by 46 points just three weeks ago, and our kids fought them tooth and nail all night. I was especially proud of the fact that after falling behind by 12 with 54 seconds to go, we kept fighting and cut the lead to three with 10 seconds to go. We had a couple of defensive lapses late that hurt us, but for the most part, the ladies executed our game plan very well, maybe as well as they have all year. We just ran out of time to finish the comeback. I've been very pleased with how much they've improved over the last few weeks. We've been competing very well with teams that had beaten us soundly the first time we played them."
CCC, now 0-11 in the MCAC and 8-19 overall, hosts Oklahoma Wesleyan at 3 p.m. today for Senior Day.
CCC (67) — Rhodes 9, Powell 4, Spence 23, Regier 5, Pate 11, Garza 7, Osovski 6, Shaw 2.
Haskell (71) — Stands 2, Warrior 19, Coriz 11, Begay 3, Meat 7, White 1, Levier 4, Williams 13, Murphy 11.