Tigers hope to make a statement tonight

By Steve Sell
November 24, 2014
Alysen Streeter

Central Christian College’s men’s basketball team has the opportunity to make another statement to the KCAC tonight when it hosts defending conference champion Friends.

Tipoff at Alexander Arena is 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers are off to a flying 6-1 start, including wins against KCAC schools Bethel and McPherson College. They dropped the hammer on Manhattan Christian College 83-51 on Friday, a game that pleased CCC coach Tony Romero for the most part.

“Defensively we did a solid job in the first half,” Romero said. "We were flying around and challenging shots, creating a lot of opportunities in transition. Offensively, we shared the ball well, but we have to do a better job in the halfcourt, we are still slow getting to places in our offensive sets."

Michael Gholston fired in 25 points to lead the Tigers. Alonzo Stafford returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injury and scored 14 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Ernest Burton came off the bench to add 12.

Friends comes in 1-7, but has played a remarkably difficult schedule. Among the losses are to College of the Ozarks, Bellevue, Missouri Valley, Benedictine and Baker. The Falcons are learning to live life without Joe Mitchell, the nation’s leading scorer last year and a first-team All-American. In their most recent loss to College of the Ozarks, Toby Baker and Lawrence Anderson were the top scorers with 14 and 13 points, respectively.