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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Central’s perfect season ends at home

  • After a history making 10-0 start, the bottom came crashing out for the Central Christian College men, as Ozark Christian College stunned the Tigers Saturday 87-80 at the Ed Pyle Sports Complex.
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  • After a history making 10-0 start, the bottom came crashing out for the Central Christian College men, as Ozark Christian College stunned the Tigers Saturday 87-80 at the Ed Pyle Sports Complex.
    The Ambassadors poured on the pressure during the first half, even without leading scorer Kyle Wickland, who was benched early in the half after finding himself in foul trouble. Central Christian couldn’t compensate for the OCC attack, shooting only 31.5 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from behind the three-point arc. The Ambassadors, meanwhile were 50 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the four line in the first half and took a 40-31 lead into the locker room.
    Central (10-1) showed some fire in the second half, battling back from a double digit deficit at one point to tie the game up at 71-71, thanks to a pair of three pointers from Dustin Rojas and another by Kris Quant, but the Tigers couldn’t find the dagger to put away Ozark Christian (8-2) and keep their perfect record intact.
    “When you don’t show up ready to play, you get beat,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “Give credit to Ozark Christian, they were ready for us. We didn’t have an extra push tonight, we played selfish and entitled basketball. It is very hard to win that way, no matter the opponents.”
    Wickland led all scorers with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the double double, followed by Central’s Chris Jones’ 19 points and 14 boards. Other Tigers in double digits were Jeff Jackson and Quant, who both had 11 points.
    Brandon Rogers also picked up a double double for the Ambassadors with 15 points and 11 rebounds, 10 of which were defensive. Zac Hill added 17 points, Darrin Chitwood had 12 and Marko Mircetic had 10.
    Central finished the game with 39.7 percent field goal shooting and 32.4 percent from distance. The Tigers were 40 percent from the foul line, but did not make a free throw at all in the second half.
    The Ambassadors finished at 53.6 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from distance and a phenomenal 84.6 percent from the line.
    Following the game, Romero said the positive to take away from the loss was the opportunity to learn.
    “We have to regroup and have a great week of practice,” Romero said. “We have a good Friends University team coming to town (Saturday).”
    Central will host Friends Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
    Central Christian — Cannon 3-6 0-0 7; Jones 8-15 2-10 19; Jackson 4-11 2-2 11; Miller 2-7 0-0 5; Brooks, S. 3-6 0-0 7; Quant 3-9 2-2 11; Brooks, T. 4-15 0-1 9; Rojas 3-8 0-1 8; Quincy 1-1 0-0 3.
    Ozark Christian — Rogers 4-7 3-6 15; Wingert 2-6 2-3 6; Hill 5-10 2-3 17; Chitwood 5-8 0-0 12; Wickland 8-13 5-6 21; Mircetic 4-5 1-1 10; Woodring 2-5 1-1 6.

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