Central Christian College’s men never gave the Manhattan Christian Thunder any inkling that they could stay in the game here Friday night.
The Tigers jumped all over the Thunder at Alexander Arena for a 42-22 halftime lead and unlike a recent game against Bethel when they had a 20-point lead only to let it get down to two, they continued to add to it for an 83-51 victory in one of the best efforts of the year.
The victory improved the Tigers to 6-1 heading into a huge home game on Monday against KCAC member Friends, which made the national tournament last year.
Michael Gholston scored 25 points, including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc, to lead the Tigers. Alonzo Stafford, out the last two games with an injury, returned with a vengeance with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ernest Burton came off the bench for 12 points.
The Tigers crashed the boards for a 44-33 advantage and also committed just nine turnovers while forcing 21.
CCC (83) — Stafford 14, Nwosuh 4, Gholston 25, Rojas 7, Jackson 8, Burton 12, LeBlanc 4, Adams 7, Robbins 2.
Manhattan Christian (51) — Olberding 2, Vanegas 3, Rusi 11, White 9, Chisam 11, Harper 6, Guilford 7, Scott 2.