Central Christian College men’s basketball coach Tony Romero admits there are still some rough patches to smooth out.
But there’s little question his Tiger team oozes with potential.
The athletic Tigers opened their season Tuesday night at Alexander Arena with an 89-56 victory over much-improved Barclay.
“Twenty-two turnovers is probably generous, honestly,” said Romero, whose team struggled at times with valuing the basketball. “That’s a lot. We had a lot of careless turnovers. Twenty-two turnovers is kind of frustrating.”
But Romero can chalk that up to opening-game jitters as the Tigers will certainly tighten things up in the coming games.
There was never any serious doubt as to the outcome as CCC blazed to a 50-31 halftime lead and the advantage continued to increase after the break.
Michael Gholston, the reigning MCAC Freshman of the Year, poured in 20 points in 23 minutes of play, including 6 of 10 from 3-point. Daniel Nwosuh and reserve Tere Adams added 13 apiece and Ernest Burton tallied 12 off the bench. Chris Quincy was the chairman of the boards with 11 rebounds.
Charles Brodhead led the Bears with 17 points.
“Overall we’ll take it and learn from it, Romero said.
The Tigers play on Friday against the University of Southwest in the Hillsdale Classic.
Central (89) — Stafford 6, Quincy 9, Nwosuh 13, Gholston 20, Rojas 7, Riak 4, Burton 12, Clayborn 5, Adams 13.
Barclay (56) — Graham 9, Hibler 5, Brodhead 17, Gray 3, Malone 7, Milton 2, Barnes 8, Huck 2, Aguilar 1, Odie 2.
• Central women 86, Barclay 60 — The Alexander Arena crowd got its first look at the Grinnell College style of basketball being employed by the Lady Tigers this season.
CCC hoisted an amazing 105 shots — 59 of those from 3-point — as the shot clock was never a factor.
Central, now 1-2, was led by Kelly Smit and Kaylee Shaw with 21 points apiece. Ashtyn Garza added 14 off the bench.
“I was pleased with the fact that we hit all of our game goals tonight for the first time this season,” CCC head coach Chris Honeck said. "We forced 53 turnovers, with 36 of those steals, and took 50 more shots than Barclay did. We still committed too many fouls and had too many turnovers for my tastes, but I was pleased that we played hard to the end of the game. We have a lot of stuff to work on, but we're getting better each time out."
The Lady Tigers will try to even their record at 2-2 Friday when they play Mid-America Christian in the Hillsdale Classic.
Central (86) — Smit 21, Shaw 21, Alderson 2, Laskowski 8, Woods 3, Regier 9, Garza 14, Costello 4, LeBrane 4.
Barclay (60) — Edenborough 8, Epp 15, McDowell 8, Kershner 14, Konsky 2, Entz 2, Stander 11.