Gholston scores 23 as CCC men win again

By Steve Sell
January 25, 2015

Central Christian College's men now have to learn how to win on the road in the MCAC.

The Tigers held serve on their home court this weekend, as they followed up Friday's win over Oklahoma Wesleyan with an 83-74 victory over Haskell on Saturday at Alexander Arena.

CCC is 0-3 on the road in the conference and 2-0 at home.

The Tigers sprinted to a 39-28 halftime lead as they held Haskell to just 9 of 34 from the field in the first half. Both teams loosened up offensively in the second half, but the Tigers' early deficit was too much to overcome.

Michael Gholston's 23 points propelled the Tigers, while Alonzo Stafford had another strong game with 19 points and eight rebounds. Dustin Rojas chipped in with 13 points.

"Tonight was a little sloppy at times, definitely way too careless with the ball and gave up more second-chance opportunities then we want to," CCC coach Tony Romero said, "But we were relentless down the stretch and found a way to finish."

The Tigers did a good job on Haskell scoring ace Randy July, holding him to 10 points. Tsalidi Sequoyah, the 6-10 center, led the Indians with 18 points.

Central is now 12-7 overall and goes to Central Baptist and College of the Ozarks this weekend.

CCC (83) — Stafford 19, Gholston 23, Rojas 13, Quincy 8, Nwosuh 5, Clayborn 6, Adams 5, Robbins 4.

Haskell (74) — Gore 12, Lovato 12, Bruns 6, July 10, Sequoyah 18, Tiger-Cortez 4, Middleton 4, Johnson 4, Rudd 4.

• HASKELL WOMEN 78, CENTRAL 56 — It was another tough shooting game for the Lady Tigers, who could make only 18 of 59 floor shots. 

The first half was especially difficult as Central trailed 38-24, making only 9 of 27 shots.

No Lady Tiger hit for double figures, as MacKenzie Woods scored nine points for top honors. Eleven CCC players, however, scored.

Brandi Buffalo came off the bench to lead Haskell with 15.

"Tonight was a microcosm of our season — inconsistency," CCC coach Chris Honeck said. "At times, we played quite well with a great effort, and at times, we didn't play with much focus at all. We fought back from an early deficit to take the lead, only to surrender a 17-0 run to go down by 14, then again fought to get it back to seven, only to give up a 17-1 run."

The Lady Tigers are now 1-4 in the MCAC and 7-14 overall. They are on the road Friday at Central Baptist, then play Saturday at nationally ranked College of the Ozarks.

CCC (56) — Woods 9, Regier 8, Void 2, Garza 7, Costello 8, Smit 3, Young 2, Campa 8, Spence 4, Laskowski 2, O’Brine 3.

Haskell (78) — Stands 2, Warrior 14, Je. Coriz 7, Murphy 4, Begay 12, Meat 7, Levier 6, Watson 2, Buffalo 15, Osceola 2, Williams 7.