The Central Christian Men’s and Women’s Basketball team battled crosstown rival McPherson College in the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Cup. This annual head to head games is the brain child of McPherson Mayor Tom Brown. In 2018, he brought both colleges to the table and proposed the town rivalry game. The city would host the games on neutral territory-the McPherson Roundhouse. Both the men’s and women’s basketball programs would compete for the 2 foot traveling trophies. The Men’s team came into this year with the intent of keeping the trophie after a dominating win last year.
The Women got things started and the first quarter was an even, slow start offensively for both teams. McPherson led 14-11 after the first quarter. Defense was a big presence in the first half of the game and it showed no signs of stopping. The second quarter was the same as the first, neither team could generate the offense to breakout to a huge lead. After the first half, McPherson College led 29-22 and Central would look to make adjustments to have a strong 3rd quarter and get back in the game.
The third quarter began with the offensive production that each team was looking for. Trading buckets, McPherson led 50-42 after 3 quarters. In the 4th quarter, Central forced some key turnovers and were able to battle back to make it a game. After a back and forth last quarter, the Tigers would end up falling to McPherson 76-65. Jordan Dixon led the way offensively for the Tigers with 11 points. The Tigers fall to 1-3 on the season and they will turn things around when they play Manhattan Christian College on Nov. 15th.
On the Men’s side, they had the opportunity to win the Mayor’s Cup for the 2nd year in a row and take the Cup back to Central. The first half was an offensive explosion from both teams, but Central found themselves on top 37-35 after the first half.
The Tigers were looking to build on their lead in the second half, and that would be exactly what they did. Central forced multiple turnovers within a few minutes and found themselves up by over 10 points with 5 minutes to play. The Tigers would go on to win the game 77-70 to retain the Mayor’s Cup. TJ Williams stole the show offensively as he produced 22 points and was a force on both sides of the ball all night.
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