Tiger men drop second straight

OMAHA, Nebraska — Possibly still feeling the effects of dropping a heartbreaker to College of the Ozarks the last time out, the Central Christian College men's basketball team dropped their second game in a row with a 17 point loss against Grace University on Tuesday night.

The Tigers came out flat against the Royals from the opening whistle, something they have done a couple of other time this season. In those other situations, the Tigers were able to turn things around to find a way to come away with a victory. On Tuesday night, you kept waiting for the Tigers to wake up and go on a run, but every time it looked like they were poised to make something happen, instead of rising to the challenge, they ended up self-destructing.

Compounding things, the Tigers had their worst shooting night of the year. The Tigers shot a season low 26 percent from the floor, making just 19 of 72 shot attempts. They struggled even more from behind the arc, where they made just 3 of 28 attempts.

After the first 20 minutes of action, the Tigers trailed the Royals 28-18. In the second half, the Tigers continued to struggle, but early in the half, made a run and cut the Royals lead to just two points, 38-40. Unfortunately they couldn't get any closer, and the Royals went on a 12-0 run to get their lead back out to double digits, where it stayed the rest of the game. In the end, the lead was 17, 65-48.

The Tigers had just two players score in double figures, led by 16 from Sam Clayborn. He was joined by Jubril Osagie who had 10, and 14 rebounds. Michael Gholston, the Tigers' leading scorer this season was just 1 of 11 from behind the arc, and finished with seven points.

A disappointed head coach Tony Romero commented on his team's performance saying, "We got what we deserved.  From jump to the last buzzer, they played with more passion, urgency, and pride than we did.  Very disappointed with our effort and togetherness tonight.  There is absolutely zero excuses for us to go and play with the effort we put out there.  We are not going to blame it on missing shots, we still had to defend and rebound and we did a poor job there.  I do know that we will learn from this, that is the only option."

With the loss, the Tigers are now 20-7 on the season. They have another big matchup coming on Thursday night at home against the Haskell University Indians.

CCC women edged late

OMAHA, Nebraska — The Central Christian College women's basketball team struggled on the road against Grace University on Tuesday night, falling to the Royals 45-54.

Out of the gate, things looked promising for the Tiger women. They finished the first 10 minutes of the game leading the Royals 13-10. In the second quarter things started going south.

The Tigers struggled scoring on the offensive end of the floor and at the halftime intermission, found themselves trailing the Royals 26-20.

In the second half the Tigers stayed in the game, but they were unable gain ground. Grace outscored the Tigers in the third quarter 15-13 to take an eight point lead. The trend continued in the final quarter as the Tigers continued to fight, but were unable to keep the Royals from extending their lead. The fourth quarter was won by the Royals 13-12, giving the Grace a 54-45 win.

Abbie Banks and Kelsey Grimaldo led the Tigers in scoring. Both in double figures, Banks scored 13 points, and Grimaldo chipped in 11.

"It was a disappointing night tonight,” CCC head coach Chris Honeck said. “We didn't shoot the ball well, and didn't play smart defensively. We definitely had our chances, but had too many mental mistakes at the wrong times."

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 9-14 on the year. They will be back in action Thursday night when they welcome the Haskell University Indians to Jerry E. Alexander Arena.