The basket looked as wide as the ocean for the Central Christian College men’s basketball team and like a thimble for Hillsdale Baptist here Saturday.
The Tigers were a scalding 18 of 28 from 3-point range while Hillsdale was a miserable 1 of 22. With numbers like those, it’s no wonder the Tigers avenged an earlier loss to the Saints in a landslide, 94-49.
“I am glad our guys gained some confidence tonight,” said CCC coach Tony Romero, whose team had been ice-cold in two straight losses. "Everything becomes a little easier when the ball goes in the basket. I was most pleased with the passion and effort the guys showed, we had some key guys out tonight and others stepped up and played well. Defensively we hit all our four key categories tonight, which we haven't done in a while."
Chief instigators were Dustin Rojas and Michael Gholston. Rojas rained 7 of 10 from the Land of Three and scored 25 points, one less than Gholston, who made 6 of 7 bombs. Tere Adams came off the bench for 12 points and Chris Quincy did the dirty work inside by hustling his way to 14 rebounds.
“Dustin and Mike had huge games offensively, but I thought Chris Quincy played one of his better all-around games of the year,” Romero said. “It was definitely a good win as we head into conference play next week."
The 10-4 Tigers finally open play in the brutal MCAC this upcoming weekend with the time-consuming Bellevue-Waldorf trip. The Tigers play on Friday in Nebraska against the Bruins, then go to Forest, Iowa, on Saturday.
CCC (94) — Quincy 8, Nwosuh 8, Gholston 26, Rojas 25, Glynn 2, Riak 2, Jackson 2, Clayborn 4, Sinahamu 2, Adams 12, Haynes 3.
Hillsdale (49) — Burden 2, Carey 16, Moody 16, Majors 2, Sneed 4, McCain 2, Hobgood 3, Green 2, Seagraves 2.
• HILLSDALE WOMEN 85, CENTRAL 82, OT — It’s obvious the Lady Tigers have made some major improvement.
When the teams met earlier this season in Oklahoma, Central was run out of the gym by 37 points.
Not only were the Lady Tigers closer this time, but they had a tremendous chance to win the game.
CCC led by as many as 12 points in the first half and still was up 37-33 at the half. The Lady Tigers were up 76-73 with 11 seconds left when Caitlin White hit a 3-pointer to force OT.
There, the Saints outscored Central 9-6 to escape with the win.
“I was very happy with tonight's effort,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. "Hillsdale is the No. 2 (team) in the country in the NCCAA, and had beaten us by 37 two months ago. In that game they thoroughly dominated us at both ends of the court, especially rebounding, they outrebounded us in that game 86-48, and had 43 offensive rebounds. Tonight, though, we won every statistical category except two, free throws and turnovers. Unfortunately, those were the two categories that decided the outcome of the game. We out-rebounded them 52-49 and outshot them. We committed eight more turnovers than Hillsdale, with six coming in the overtime period, and Hillsdale took twice as many free throws as we did and outscored us by 13 from the line."
Kelly Smit was superb for CCC, scoring 28 points. Quamisha Spence added 14, and Libby Regier and Kaylee Shaw scored 12 apiece. The Lady Tigers’ bench scored 46 points, 10 more than the starters.
Shana McCosar had 28 for Hillsdale.
Central, 5-10, plays Tuesday at Central Christian Bible in Moberly, Mo.
CCC (82) — Smit 28, Void 4, Laskowski 2, Young 8, Regier 12, Garza 2, Spence 14, Shaw 12.
Hillsdale (85) — Grant 4, McBride 9, Reyes 4, McCosar 28, Smith 9, Crowl 8, White 5, Dorman 8, Davidson 3, Hutchison 4, Edwards 1, Demery 2.