Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
A win is a win as Tony Romero stated after the game. The Central Christian College men’s basketball team snapped its six-game losing streak after beating Oklahoma Panhandle State 81-64, while the women picked up their second conference win over the Aggies, 81-72.
The Central men at first looked like they were going run away with the win after leading 20-6 earlier in the first half. However, an 8-0 run brought the Aggies back in the game and by halftime, the Tigers led 34-29.
The Tigers had a strong second half led by the shootings of TJ Williams and Ben Glover. Both tied for 16 points each and shot 6 for 10 combined from the three-point line. The Tigers shot 59 percent from behind the arc the whole game. Byron Staten was the third Tiger to reach double figures with 10 points. Romero was pleased with the win.
“I thought we had a good start the first half, and then we got comfortable,” Romero said. “We stopped playing hard and we stopped playing smart and we stopped playing together. Bad things usually happen. We made enough plays down the stretch and big rebounds.”
The Tigers reached above .500 with an 8-7 record and captured their first SAC win on the year,
The Lady Tigers had to fight their way to victory with the Aggies. CCC women had a slight edge when they led 17-12 by the end of the first quarter, and 34-32 at halftime. The lead eventually disappeared when the Aggies knocked down a few three-pointers and led by seven.
A strong fourth quarter sealed the win for Head Coach Marc Golden’s women. The Tigers outscored the Aggies 30-20 by end of the fourth. Holly Golden led CCC with 22 points. Kassidy Forsberg had a double-double performance with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Tania Lowe added 14 points.
The Lady Tigers are now 5-9 (2-5 in SAC) on the season. Both teams are back on the court on Saturday afternoon as they host Wayland Baptist University. The women are scheduled for 2 p.m. and the men will be at 3:45 p.m.