The Tiger basketball team traveled down to take on conference foe Langston University. After a tough loss at home earlier this season the Tigers looked to upset the Lions at their house. Tiger knew they would have their hands full as they have struggled in the past due to the tough environment.
Tigers would have a chip on their shoulders to begin the game and wanted to upset the Lions. The Lions would get the first run going pulling ahead by double digits, but before the half ended the Tigers made a run of their own to pull with reach after the 1st half. The 2nd half would be identical with the 1st but the Tigers would have a good enough half to tie the ball game up with the Lions game winning shot bouncing off the rim. This would send the Tigers into OT.
After the Tigers got an early lead in OT the Lions would show they didn’t want to give up the victory without a fight and they would tie the game up with 11 seconds for the Tigers to make the game winning shot. The game winner would come up just short and not 1, but two overtimes were going to decide this game. The 2nd overtime was a dramatic one where both teams had lead changes and it came down to the final seconds. With less than 30 seconds left the Tigers had the ball in a 87-87 game and Ben Glover took a 3 and made it with just a couple of ticks left on the clock. The Lions would have a half court heave bounce off the rim and Tigers pull off the upset over Langston University.
Coach Romero had this to say about the game:
“Super proud of our team today. Langston is one of the toughest places to play in conference, to come away with a win there is very difficult. We were tested time and time again and the fellas showed a lot of grit.”
“We did a much better job on defending tonight and battling on the glass. When we are the aggressors, a lot of things go our way, we just need to find ways to do it more consistently.”
“We got a lot of contributions from several guys on the offensive end. We have been struggling from the free throw line the last month or so and tonight we were able to get there and convert. Torrey and Byron came up with a big stop at the end of the second OT and Ben Glover made a huge shot to seal the win.”
“It’s been a tough year for our guys but I am very proud that they continue to battle and try to find solutions from game to game to earn a win. Total team win tonight!”
Tigers improve to 10-12 (3-11) and will be back in action against #5 Wayland Baptist on Thursday, February 13th in Plainview, Texas.
About Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year collegiate institution that strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person – heart, mind, body, and soul. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about who Central is go to: centralchristian.edu/about. Visit the athletics website to follow the basketball teams and the other athletic programs.