POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Central Christian College’s men have played their share of close games this year — three of their last four going overtime, in fact — so this was nothing new.
The Tigers needed two overtimes to get past Central Baptist College Friday in the opening round of the MCAC South Division Tournament.
With a 92-85 victory, the Tigers play tourney host College of the Ozarks at 5:00 today for the championship.
First-team MCAC selection Alonzo Stafford had his full game on display for the Tigers with 20 points and a whopping 17 rebounds. Michael Gholston scored 19 and Dustin Rojas added 17. Rojas had five 3-pointers and Gholston four.
“We found a way to finish and in the postseason that is all we can ask for,” said CCC coach Tony Romero, whose team is now 17-12. “We really could not get in much of a flow the first half offensively, their pressure frustrated us. Defensively, we had a lot of lapses in the first half as well."
Senior Chris Quincy, not normally known for his offense, scored a couple of crucial baskets.
"Chris hit some big shots for us in some critical moments,” Romero said.
The Tigers have played College of the Ozarks tough in losing twice to the Bobcats this year.
CCC (92) — Stafford 20, Quincy 7, Nwosuh 4, Gholston 19, Rojas 17, Jackson 6, Burton 1, Adams 9, Clayborn 7, Robbins 2.
Central Baptist (85) — Reed 6, McBride 3, Tarver 10, Brown 26, Daniels 6, Tardy 6, Benson 2, Sims 8, Brewster 2, Hamilton 9, Martin 7.
• OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN WOMEN 100, CENTRAL 62 — The Lady Tigers’ season came to an end with a first-round loss.
Quamisha Spence completed her CCC career with a 21-point effort and Raven Void, another senior, had one of best games of the year with 13. MacKenzie Woods furnished 10.
Central finished with a 10-21 record.
“Not exactly the way we wanted the season to end tonight, but we ran into a very good Oklahoma Wesleyan team that has given us fits all season,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “Our game plan was to take away their perimeter game and we were very effective at that — they hit just seven 3-pointers after averaging 18 per game in our previous two games. I’m proud of these ladies for what they accomplished this season. They worked hard all year and that resulted in the best season this program has had since 2009. We have a strong core to build around for next year and have a great recruiting class in the works as well. The future is definitely bright for our program.”
CCC (62) — Woods 10, Void 13, Spence 21, Smit 3, Costello 7, Shaw 6, O’Brine 2.
Oklahoma Wesleyan (100) — Gitau 3, Agesen 12, Backward 4, Morgan 8, Tate 8, Cordova 6, Dyer 3, Saunier 10, Hernandez 2, Davis 11, Robinson 7, Graham 2, Martin 6, Jones 13, Griffith 5.