Haviland — The Central Christian College men's basketball team made it seven wins in a row with a landslide victory over the Barclay College Bears on Tuesday night.
The Tigers were on fire on both ends of the floor in the opening half against the Bears. On defense, the Tigers held the Bears to just 25 percent shooting from the floor, while on the offensive end they shot 58 percent from the floor. Even more impressive, the Tigers hit 11 of 15 three pointers for 73 percent, their highest percentage in a half so far this year. With their lock down defense and lights out shooting, the Tigers went into halftime leading the Bears, 51-25.
The second half wasn't quite as prolific, but the Tigers managed to shoot 48 percent from the floor, and they hit on 5 of 10 treys, to finish the game at 64 percent. Defensively, they weren't quite as sharp either, but still managed to hold the Bears to just 30 percent shooting for the half. In the final 20 minutes, they ended up scoring 43 points, and wound up winning by 32 points, 94-62.
Ernest Burton had a huge scoring night. He hit 7 of 10 three pointers, 4 of 4 free throws, and added a layup to finish with a season high 27 points. The only other Tiger to score in double figures was Michael Gholston, who came off the bench in this game and scored 20 points in just 12 minutes of action. Jubril Osagie and Kendric Warren did a great job defensively clogging up the lane. They each recorded four blocks, and on the glass, Warren had eight boards while Osagie added nine. Steve Kuminga's length gave the Bears fits all night on their offensive end of the floor. He was a force inside, recording two blocks, and on the perimeter, coming up with four steals.
"The first half we really shot the ball well from the perimeter,” head coach Tony Romero said. “Defensively we were solid keeping the ball out of the paint. We got good production from our bench. Good to go on the road and get a win.”
With the victory, the Tigers are now 15-5 on the season and still perfect in 2017. They will put that perfect record on the line again this weekend when they travel to New Mexico for rematches against Johnson & Wales and Northern New Mexico, two teams they defeated at home last weekend.