Central cagers swept by Ozarks

By Steve Sell
February 01, 2015

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — After a sweep of Central Baptist College on Friday night, Central Christian College’s basketball teams were swept themselves on Saturday by nationally ranked College of the Ozarks.

The Lady Tigers, who never have played well here, were lambasted 105-51 despite 18 points by Ashlyn Garza and 12 by Quamisha Spence.

The loss dropped Central to 2-5 in the MCAC, 8-15 overall. Ozarks, ranked No. 19, was a staggering 35 of 40 at the line and Central shot just 14 free throws, making eight.

“Quite simply, we played a very good team tonight and played very poorly,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “We seemed to be a few notches slower than College of the Ozarks all night. We didn't move well on offense and we missed far too many defensive rotations to be successful against such a fundamentally sound team."

In an oddity of the schedule, and only in the MCAC, the Lady Tigers host the same two teams they played this weekend. Central Baptist is here on Friday and Ozarks comes to Alexander Arena on Saturday.

CCC (51) — Young 6, Woods 1, Garza 18, Smit 1, Salazar 3, Campa 6, Spence 12, O’Brine 4.

Ozarks (105) — Uchtman 17, McMenamy 4, Merriman 11, Wisdom 7, Kepler 23, Wells 2, Roberts 2, Simmerman 9, Bovard 10, Sheets 5, Graham 15.

• OZARKS MEN 87, CENTRAL 77 — The Tigers, without two starters, still put up a good fight. 

Alonzo Stafford had a monster game for the Tigers with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Dustin Rojas scored 15 and Sam Clayborn came off the bench for 11.

Ozarks, ranked No. 15, led 44-33 at the half as the Tigers outscored the Bobcats by one in the second half.

“We came out and had a great start the first 10 to 12 minutes of the game,” said CCC coach Tony Romero, whose team is 3-4 in the MCAC and 13-8 overall. “The 22-12 run at the end of the first half was the difference in the game. Our guys played hard enough, we just had mental lapses during that run. Our margin of error on the road is extremely small especially when you are playing a team like College of the Ozarks. They dominated the free throw line, we had opportunities but just didn't take advantage of them at critical moments.  We have some ground to make up in the second round of conference."

Ozarks was 27 of 34 at the stripe, while CCC was just 7 of 13.

The Tigers host Central Baptist on Friday and Ozarks on Saturday.

CCC (77) — Burton 2, Stafford 22, Quincy 4, Jackson 8, Rojas 15, Clayborn 11, Adams 8, Robbins 7.

Ozarks (87) — Paschke 24, Daniels 11, Santiago 16, Murray 15, Young 3, Smith 9, Frazier 9.