Tiger cagers split with Central Baptist on road
- The Central Christian College men snapped a five-game losing skid against Central Baptist with a 95-86 win Saturday, while the women fell 74-60.
The Central Christian College men snapped a five-game losing skid against Central Baptist with a 95-86 win Saturday, while the women fell 74-60.
Central Christian (11-5, 7-8 MCAC) had the lead at the half 44-40, with the Mustangs keeping things interesting in the second.
The Tigers were able to pull away in the second half, though, outscoring Central Baptist 51-46 in the half.
Aaron Cannon had a monster game for the Tigers, scoring 21 points. Kaelon Gary followed with 17, while Chris Jones added 16. Mike Lyons and Jeff Jackson both had 15.
“It feels good to be on this side again,” Central Coach Tony Romero said. “I was proud of the way we closed the last five minutes. Hopefully, we can gain some confidence going into next week.”
The Tigers are taking aim at the MCAC postseason tournament.
A win tonight against Southwestern Christian will leave them as the No. 2 seed in the MCAC South bracket, while a loss will drop the Tigers to No. 4.
In the women’s tilt, the Tigers had a chance to win the game late, coming back from a 17 point halftime deficit to trail by four with two minutes left to play.
The Lady Mustangs rebounded, however, and fought back for the 74-60 win.
“The ladies played better tonight and gave themselves a chance to win at the end,” Tiger coach Robert Lancaster said. “I’m proud of their effort.”
Krystina Powell had 15 points in the win, while Harley Pate added 14. Kylee Cyr had a season high 12 points and Kadetra O’Brine had 10.
Both the men and the women are back in action tonight in a make up game against SWCU. Tip off is slated for 5 p.m.