OKLAHOMA CITY — Central Christian College’s men’s basketball team showed the effects of a two-week layoff as they were defeated 79-53 Thursday by Mid-America Christian University in the first round of the NCCAA Central Regional Tournament.
The loss ended CCC’s year at 17-15 after a 14-2 start, which included five wins over KCAC teams, including power Bethany College.
“It was a tough way to end our season,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “We did not really execute at all tonight. We had too many turnovers and second-chance opportunities. Offensively, we could really not get it going. I am proud of our guys this season and especially our seniors Scott (Brooks), Aaron (Miller) and Kris (Quant). I wish we could have ended better for those guys, but I am sure proud of the men they have become and they will be greatly missed."
The Tigers were doubled 46-23 in the first half and that basically decided the game. CCC was guilty of 27 turnovers.
Michael Gholston, who will be the Tigers’ cornerstone next year, finished with 16 points. He was the MCAC’s Freshman of the Year and has an unlimited future. Nathan Fort came off the bench for 10 points and 13 rebounds and he’ll also be back. Angelo Lewis had a double-double to lead MAC as he scored 19 points and snagged 10 rebounds.
CCC (53) — Quincy 2, Warren 2, Miller 3, Gholston 16, Nwosuh 6, Quant 3, Rojas 5, Brooks 4, Clayborn 2, Fort 10.
Mid-America (79) — Farris 5, Davis 17, Lewis 13, J. Smith 19, Minner 7, Warren 2, R. Smith 8, Sanders 2, Armstrong 6.