Tigers fend off furious Bethel rally

By Steve Sell
November 14, 2014

NORTH NEWTON — Central Christian College’s men continued to build a resume against KCAC schools Friday night.

The Tigers are now 2-0 against the KCAC after holding off Bethel College 72-70, nearly blowing a 20-point halftime lead.

Central played tremendous defense in the first half to race to a 37-17 lead, holding Bethel to just 5 of 26 from the field.

But the Threshers stormed back for 53 second-half points. CCC, however, was able to escape to move to 4-1 on the season.

“I was proud of 30 mins of the game,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. "Defensively we were flying around and making it tough and executing well on offense. The last 10 minutes was a different story, we got away from our aggressive play, a little comfortable and emotionally were too focused on things outside our control. I am not happy with the ending, but getting a road win while dealing with some adversity is a positive. We have a lot to learn from, we need to do a better job taking advantage of putting teams away when we have them down."

Michael Gholston and Sam Clayborn led the Tigers with 11 points apiece, and Tere Adams chipped in with 10. Adam Arciniega led Bethel with 18.

Central plays Tuesday at Ozark Christian.

CCC (72) — Stafford 4, Quincy 6, Nwosuh 4, Gholston 11, Rojas 6, Jackson 6, Burton 5, Clayborn 11, LeBlanc 5, Adams 10, Robbins 4.

Bethel (70) — Alford 2, Huber 16, Kingsley 14, Arciniega 18, Packard 3, Hill 1, Steingard 3, Long 2, Miller 11.