Central Christian College’s once-bright men’s basketball season has been severely dimmed.
The Tigers, 9-2 at one point, dipped to 13-10 on Saturday after an 85-77 loss to nationally ranked College of the Ozarks.
The Tigers went 0-2 in the MCAC over the weekend at home and are now 3-6 as they are sliding back in the back.
Central led the 15th-ranked Bobcats 43-37 at the half, but as has been their wont, they couldn’t close it out.
“Very frustrating,” said CCC coach Tony Romero, whose team could easily have about three or four more wins if it could just seal the deal at the end. “We definitely did not expect our weekend to go the way it did. We are not finishing games. We played hard enough today, but not smart enough in critical moments, almost a replay from last night. We will look back on this weekend and this evening and find several missed opportunities. Tonight, we did not do a great job getting out on their shooters. When we had the ball, I felt we were playing hero basketball in the last few minutes and not trusting each other. We are not far off, we need to just find a way to finish down the stretch.”
CCC, still playing without top scorer Michael Gholston, relied on 19 points and 13 rebounds by Alonzo Stafford. Jerome Jackson scored 13, Dustin Rojas added 12 and Tere Adams tallied 11. Ethan Murray poured in 22 to lead Ozarks.
The Tigers remain home Tuesday to play York.
CCC (77) — Stafford 19, Quincy 2, Nwosuh 9, Rojas 12, Clayborn 3, Jackson 13, Burton 4, Adams 11, Robbins 4.
Ozarks (85) — Leonard 14, Paschki 7, Daniels 11, Santiago 19, Murray 22, Young 2, Smith 3, Frazier 7.
• OZARKS WOMEN 80, CCC 46 — The 19th-ranked Lady Bobcats are just a bad matchup for Central.
Once again, Ozark totally crushed Central as the Lady Tigers were just 19 of 68 from the field.
CCC is now 2-7 in the MCAC, 8-17 overall. It hosts York on Tuesday.
Quamisha Spence led Central with 12 points. Tanner Merriman led Ozarks with 15 as nine COS players scored.
CCC (46) — Woods 8, Regier 3, Void 5, Garza 6, Spence 12, Smit 8, Campa 4.
Ozarks (80) — Uchtman 13, McMenamy 6, Merriman 15, Wisdom 8, Kepler 3, Roberts 6, Simmerman 8, Bovard 7, Graham 14.