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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Central men upend Bethel 82-67

  • The CCC men's basketball team improved their record to 2-0 on Friday night with a 15 point victory at home over the Bethel College Threshers.
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  • The CCC men's basketball team improved their record to 2-0 on Friday night with a 15 point victory at home over the Bethel College Threshers.
    The Tigers, who shot poorly in their win on Tuesday night over the Union College Warriors, shot much better against the Threshers.
     On Friday night the Tigers shot 27 for 59 from the floor for 46 percent.
    The Tigers' 3-point percentage, which was 16 percent on Tuesday night, crept up 30 percent against the Threshers on Friday night.
    "I was very pleased with our guys' effort tonight,” Tiger coach Tony Romero said. “I thought we had some growing pains tonight at times but I felt our young guys showed some grit and grew up a bit.”
    The Tigers led the Threshers from start to finish.
     They led by as many 8 points in the first half before Bethel made a run late in the half to cut the lead to four by the end of the half 33-29.
    In the second half the Tigers used better shooting, and tougher defense to stretch that 4 point lead in to a 16 point lead with five minutes to play.
    Some questionable shot selection, and fouling down the stretch, made things a little more interesting than the Tiger coaching staff liked.
    The Threshers cut the lead to 7 with under three minutes to play, but the Tigers made hit a couple of big three-point baskets and made their free throws in the final two minutes to stretch the lead back to 15 by the end of regulation 82-67.
    Nine different Tigers broke into the scoring column led by 16 points by Aaron Miller. Miller also dished out six dimes and came away with one steal.
    Four other Tigers scored in double figures. Kris Quant was 3 of 6 from behind the three-point arc and scored 15 points. Chris Quincy and Nathan Fort added 11 points, and Daniel Nwosuh chipped in 10.
    There were really only two negatives for the Tigers. They lost the rebound battle 43-48, and they were just 21 of 37 from the free throw line.
    “ We definitely can learn from some mistakes down the stretch and have to find a way to shoot it better from the FT line,” Romero said. “It feels great to earn a win for 40 minutes."
    The Tigers will take their 2-0 record on the road to Manhattan Christian Tuesday night. The Tigers will battle the Crusaders at 7:30 pm.

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