Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
It’s been five weeks since the Central Christian College of Kansasat Dr. Jerry E. Alexander Arena because of the three-game road trip and the holiday break. On Tuesday night, the Tigers hosted Langston University. The Lady Tigers were victorious, 79-73 while the men fell short to the Lions, 82-75.
Four Lady Tigers finished in double figures in their win over the Lions. They were led by their top senior Holly Golden as she dropped 25 points, which marks her 1000th points in her basketball career at Central Christian College. The senior was 2 for 3 from the three-point line and made 15 of her 18 free throw attempts. She also added five rebounds, two assists and four steals. Golden was honored during halftime of the men’s game.
“I’m very grateful for how far I’ve come in my basketball journey,” Golden said. I wouldn’t be able to do it without my teammates’ and my parent’s support. I’m just excited we got a win tonight and battled hard for it.”
Zenith Hernandez was the second-leading scorer with 14 points and five rebounds. Alexis Boyd picked up 13 points and six rebounds and Cheyenne Marshall had 10 points.
The Tigers improve to 4-8 on the season.
For the Central men, they continued their slump. After Tuesday night, the Tigers now lost six consecutive games and are still in search of their first conference win in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
“It’s frustrating,” CCC’s Head Coach Tony Romero said. “I know the guys are frustrated, we’re frustrated but we ain’t going to stop playing , and we’re going to keep trying to go and try to learn. I thought we had a good week of practice since we’ve been back. We just got to find a way.”
It was rough shooting night for the Tigers, especially from behind the arc. The Tigers only made one three-pointer out of 18 attempts while the Lions shot 35.7 percent from three.
Despite a poor shooting performance, the Tigers were still in the game. The Tigers took advantage of Langston’s missed three throws and winning the turnover battle. The game was even at 38 apiece by the end of the first half.
The Tigers still struggled to find their shooting rhythm, so they focused on attacking the paint, but it was not enough to catch up with Langston as they outscored the Tigers 44-37 in the second half.
Isaiah Rivera was CCC’s top performer with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Byron Staten, who gave Central its only three-pointer of the game finished with 13 points. Torrey Henry made a couple miraculous dunks and ended up with 12 points. The Tigers fall 7-6 on the season.
The Tigers are back on the road on Thursday night as they take on John Brown University. The women’s game is set for 6 p.m. and the men’s game will be at 7:45 p.m.