The Central Christian College men's basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with an 89-79 win over the Barclay College Bears at home on Saturday night.
After struggling on opening night on the offensive end of the floor, and having to win with their defense, the Tigers found their offense against the Bears, but struggled defensively.
The Tigers opened the game strong on defense, and they jumped out to an 11-2 lead, and looked to be in control the game.
They led by as many as 13 midway through the half. Unfortunately, late in the half, they failed to maintain their defensive intensity, and coupled with some laxidasical play on offense, the Bears began to chip away at the lead. By the half time intermission, the lead was 10, 39-29.
In the second half, the Bears played even with the Tigers, and had it not been for a monster half by Jubril Osagie, the Bears may have pulled off the upset. The Tigers extended their lead out to 16 points, four minutes into the half, but the Bears wouldn't go away. They clawed their way back into the game, and at the 10 minute mark, they had whittled the Tiger lead down to six.
The Bears grabbed the momentum, but it was quickly taken back by the Tigers when Osagie hit three consecutive three pointers to push the lead back out to 13. Osagie is not typically a deep threat from behind the arc, but the Bears left him open and he buried the first one. The next time down the court they left him open again and he buried a second one. Brimming with confidence, he would hit two more three pointers to finish 4-for-4 from behind the arc and set a career high 34 points.
Besides Osagie, two other Tigers finished in double figures: Cam Martin and Paul Ard II each finished with 11 points. Kendric Warren had a nice night as well, finishing the game one point shy of a double double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
The win puts the Tigers at 2-0 on the young season. They will put their perfect record on the line at 8 p.m. Wednesday when they travel across town to play the McPherson College Bulldogs.