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Central Men pick up win to start year | KTIC Radio

Central Men pick up win to start year

Central Men pick up win to start year

The Central Community College men’s basketball team held Cloud County Community College to only two points over the final two and a half minutes of regulation, en route to a 71-65 win.

The first half was close throughout, with the Raiders holding on to a 31-28 lead at halftime over the NJCAA Division I T-Birds. In the second half, CCC built up a double-digit lead with 9:36 to play when Marquis Dotson scored on a slam dunk to make it 60-50. CCCC then went on a 9-2 run over the next 5:35 to pull to within three points, 62-59, with just over four minutes to play. The Raiders’ defense clamped down and CCC left town with the six-point victory.

“We played with tremendous effort tonight,” said CCC head coach Jerry Drymon. “Our defensive focus was outstanding and we rebounded at a high level. We played with lots of composure despite being in a hostile crowd with a bunch of freshman playing in their first college game. We are always excited when we can beat a DI program.”

The Raiders shot 43 percent (23-53) from the floor, while holding the T-Birds to 35 percent (27-78) field goal shooting. CCC had a slight edge in rebounding over CCCC, 43-40.

Jaxon Simons led four CCC players in double figures with 16 points. Malik Mooving and Bennet Nelson each logged 14 points, while Latrell Talley tallied a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards.

CCCC’s Alvin Thompson led all scorers with 18 points.

The 1-0 Raiders will stage their home opener tonight by hosting Mount Marty JV at Raider Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. The men’s game is preceded by the CCC women’s basketball game against Mount Marty JV at 6 p.m.

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