Goodwell, OK – The Central Christian College men's and women's basketball teams finished their weekend road trip on Saturday, stopping off in Goodwell, Oklahoma for a matchup with the Panhandle State University Aggies. The Tiger teams earned a split with the Aggies, with the women falling 80-55, and the men coming home with the win 103-77.
For the Tiger women, they had a tough night shooting the basketball. The Central ladies finished the game knocking down just 16 of 61 shots (26%) and were 5 of 23 (21%) from behind the three point arc. Couple that with being outrebounded by the Aggies 46-34, and it was a recipe for a long afternoon on the hard wood.
The game started out alright for the Tigers. They trailed by just three points, 18-15, after the first quarter, but from there it started to go downhill. The shooting woes began for the Tigers in the second quarter, allowing the Aggies to extend their lead to 9 points at the halftime intermission, 35-26. The trend continued in the second half. The Tigers continued to scrap, but they couldn't keep the Aggies from continuing to extend their lead. At the end of the 3rd quarter the lead had expanded to double digits 55-40. The Aggies saved their best for last, scoring 25 points in the period, and holding the Tigers to 15. When the final horn sounded, the Tigers found themselves trailing the Aggies by 25, 80-55.
Three Tigers scored in double figures, led by Abbie Banks who knocked down 6 of 21 shots from the floor, including 2 of 9 from behind the three point arc, and was 2 of 2 from the free throw line for 16 points. She was joined in double figures by Holly Golden, and Ridglea Hearne who both chipped in 13. Hearne did most of her damage from down town, making 3 of 8 three pointers, while Golden did a great job of getting to the free throw line where she was 11 of 13.
"OPSU came out with an intention to out rebound us and they did", said Central head coach Marc Golden. "We had one of our worst shooting games ever and that is a problem when you get out-rebounded. The team is playing with more patience on offense but it is time to put it all together on the same night."
The Tigers will be back in action at home next Tuesday hosting the Oklahoma City University Stars at 6:00 pm.
In the men's game, the Tigers played a near flawless game in running away from the Aggies 103-77. It was the first time in SAC play that they hit the century mark, and it was also their largest margin of victory against a SAC opponent. They were firing on all cylinders, on both ends of the floor. They shot 56% on the offensive end of the floor, while on defense, they held the Aggies to just 33% shooting. All of that translated into a 16 point lead for the Tigers at the break 55-39.
In the second half, the Tigers continued to pour it on, despite cooling down a little bit to 45% shooting for the half. They stretched the lead from 16 points at the break to 30 with just over 13 minutes left in regulation. They had a brief lapse in focus, allowing the Aggies to trim the lead back down to 20 at the 6:31 mark. Coach Romero called timeout to refocus the team, and they responded with a 13-0 run to go back up by 33 with 3:34 remaining. From there, both teams emptied their benches giving their reserves some valuable varsity minutes. The Aggies closed out the game on a 7-2 run and when the scoreboard showed zeros, the Tigers left the floor with a 26 point victory 103-77.
Nine different Tigers made their way into the scoring column against the Aggies, and five of them scored in double figures. Jubril Osagie, who saw limited action in the game against Wayland on Thursday after being poked in the eye, bounced back on Saturday with a monster game. He led the Tigers in scoring with 26 points on 11 of 18 shooting from the floor, including a trio of three pointers. Also in double figures for the Tigers were TJ Williams with 17, Paul Ard II with 16, Antonio Daniels with 15, and Cam Martin with 13. LeDarius Lenard just missed out on double figures with 9. Martin had his first double double of the season adding 10 boards to his 13 points.
I was very pleased with our team tonight", said Central head coach Tony Romero. "It was a great effort all around. Defensively, we guarded pretty well-limiting them to 33% shooting for the game, we fouled more than we would have liked but we contested shots and rebounded the ball very well, holding them to 4 offensive rebounds. We were able to turn stops into transition offense, which is probably one of the better games for us as of late pushing the ball, pitching ahead and converting." Romero continued saying, "The stat I was probably most proud of is 25 assists on 38 baskets, showing we were sharing the ball, making extra passes, it translated to having near 6 guys in double figures. Our guys really wanted to get this one, we lost a heart breaker on our home floor the first time we played them. We had a tough one that didn't go our way on Thursday and I was pleased that they showed up the next day and this morning to put in the necessary preparation which led to our success tonight!"
The Tigers will get another big test on Tuesday when they welcome the Oklahoma City University Stars to Dr. Jerry E. Alexander Arena. The Tigers defeated the Stars a couple of weeks ago their home floor. Tipoff is slated for 8:00 pm following the women's game.