LAWRENCE — It was gut-check time for Central Christian College’s Tigers Saturday night and they responded accordingly.
The Tigers outscored Haskell 18-15 in overtime to emerge from a wild shootout with a 110-107 victory.
Central had a trio of 20-point-plus scorers, as Michael Gholston scored 25, Alonzo Stafford 24 and Dustin Rojas 22. Central made 13 3-pointers, including six by Rojas and four by Gholston.
It was a tight game all the way as CCC led 42-41 at the half and neither team played much defense in the second half as regulation ended up tied at 92.
Central, which was coming off a shocking loss Friday at last-place Oklahoma Wesleyan and then had to turn around and make the long trip today, is now 5-7 in the MCAC with two games left to play. The Tigers are assured of another winning regular season as they are now 15-11 overall. They have never had a losing season under coach Tony Romero.
Central hosts Bellevue on Friday and Waldorf on Saturday. Those two teams are tied for second in the MCAC at 9-3.
Central (110) — Stafford 24, Quincy 4, Nwosuh 4, Gholston 25, Rojas 22, Jackson 8, Burton 8, Clayborn 8, Adams 2, Robbins 5.
Haskell (107) — Gore 11, Lovato 25, Rudd 9, July 18, Sequoyah 15, Everett 8, Moudy 2, Johnson 2, Bruns 15, Turley 2.
• HASKELL WOMEN 78, CENTRAL 54 — Haskell is a game back of MCAC co-leaders Oklahoma Wesleyan and College of the Ozarks heading into the final week of the regular season after defeating Central, which is now 3-9 and tied for fifth place with York.
Ashlyn Garza scored 14 points for CCC, which was out of it by halftime, down 44-27.
The Lady Tigers, 9-19 overall, host College of St. Mary on Friday, last-place Waldorf on Saturday.
CCC (54) — Woods 4, Regier 1, Void 7, Garza 14, Spence 5, Smit 5, Young 5, Campa 6, Salazar 2, Shaw 4, O’Brine 1.
Haskell (78) — Stands 3, Warrior 11, Coriz 13, Sullivan 6, Begay 11, Meat 8, Murphy 5, Levier 4, Buffalo 12, Osceola 5.