Mens Basketball

Tigers Move To 3-0 Vs NCCAA

Joplin, Mo.

New Year, same result for the Champion Christian College Tigers as they defeat the Ozark Christian College Ambassadors 97-84.

The Tigers started the game scorching hot, with 3 pointers from Marcus Blakely, Braylon Hawkins, and Ariyon Williams and the Tigers jumped out to a 16-7 lead. The Tigers lead the final 38 minutes of the game, keeping a large lead for the majority of the game.

The first half was played with basically no stoppages, with both teams shooting the ball at a very high level and neither playing much defense. Going into the half the Tigers were shooting 44% from the field and 42% for 3, while the Ambassadors were right there with them, shooting 40% from the field and 42% for 3. The high level shooting allowed for the Ambassadors to stay in the game, cutting an 11 point lead to just 7 going into half, with the score being 47-40.

Once the second half got underway, Champion came out hitting on all cylinders and never looked back. Tazion Glover scored all 8 of his points in the second half, Zo Capaci came up big with 10 points, and Braylon Hawkins and Ariyon Williams did their thing, scoring 9 and 13 in the half, respectively. The score is not indicative of the Tigers dominance, as the Tigers were up 23 points with just over 2 minutes left when Ozark went on a tear to cut it to 13. Champion would have maybe their most balance

The Champion Tigers look to continue their success against the NCCAA later this week, as they take on Kansas Christian College (8-2) Friday, and Spurgeon College (0-7) Saturday. Both games will be home, and we would love to get as many people in the Champion Community Center to cheer the team on!

Notable performances from the game:

Braylon Hawkins: 25 points, 14 rebounds on 9/14 from the field and 2/3 for 3

Ariyon Williams: 20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists on 5/13 from the field and 2/5 for 3

Zo Capaci: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals on 5/8 from the field and 3/6 for 3

Keyshaun Scott: 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks on 4/6 from the field

Kyle Malone: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Tazion Glover: 8 points, 2 assists on 4 of 5 from the field