Central Christian College was helped by 30 points off the bench, as the Tigers outpaced Johnson and Wales University 78-61 Saturday at the Ed Pyle Sports Complex.
Central Christian College was helped by 30 points off the bench, as the Tigers outpaced Johnson and Wales University 78-61 Saturday at the Ed Pyle Sports Complex. Central opened up with a 6-0 run to start the first half and extended it to 11-1 before the Wildcats answered back with a 10-0 run of their own. The two teams would then alternate runs throughout the rest of the first half, with the Tigers getting the upper-hand at the break after a 15-7 run, taking a 40-31 lead into the locker room. The start of the second half saw Central Christian stretch its lead out even further, but Central foward Chris Jones found himself in foul trouble in the second half, forcing the Tigers to rely on their bench. In total, nine of the 11 players that received playing time scored in the game for Central. Aaron Miller led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, while Kaelon Gary notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. Jones finished with 13 points in the victory. “I thought our bench gave us a huge boost,” head coach Tony Romero said. “Jones and Aaron Cannon got into foul trouble and had to sit out for some time, and I feel the guys came in right behind them and did a great job.” Romero did note he felt his players were a little careless with the ball at times, as the Tigers committed 16 turnovers, leading to 10 Wildcat points. “We had a lot of unforced errors,” Romero said. “I also thought our guys were soft in the paint rebounding the basketball tonight, which is not like us." Next up for the Tigers is McPherson College. Tip off from the Ed Pyle Sports Complex is at 8 p.m. Central — Cannon 2 0-0 4; Jones 5 3-6 13; Miller 6 0-0 16; Gary 6 1-2 15; Quant 2 0-0 6; Brooks 3 2-4 9; Rojas 2 0-0 4; Quincy 1 0-1 2; Jackson 4 1-4 9 Johnson and Wales — Grandbouche 4 0-1 8; O’Neal 3 1-2 7; Puckett 1 0-1 2; Campbell 7 0-1 14; Derner 2 1-5 6; Mendoza-Forsyth 2 0-0 4; Lampkin 1 0-0 3; Mile 1 1-3 3; Ennis 5 4-6 14.