Saints come up short in consolation final at MCCC Tournament
ANKENY, Iowa - The Saints bounced back from a first-round loss to advance to Saturday's consolation final, but there wasn't enough in the tank as Central Christian College of the Bible finished sixth in the Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament.
Fourth-seeded Central Christian (12-15) opened the tournament with a 66-62 setback to fifth-seeded Emmaus Bible College on Thursday. The game was a rematch of the final regular season contest for both teams in which the Eagles won, 69-68, just five days earlier on a putback attempt as the buzzer sounded.
The Saints responded on Friday with a 72-61 over No. 8 seed Kansas Christian College in a game that began sluggish. Central Christian led just 20-17 at the half, but erupted for 52 points in the second half to come away with the victory.
On Saturday, the Saints held a 41-39 lead at halftime over No. 7 seed Ozark Christian College in the consolation final, but couldn't hold on as Ozark Christian won, 83-72. The game was a battle throughout with 17 ties and 12 lead changes. Up four points with under three minutes remaining, the Ambassadors hit a huge 3-pointer to put the final nail in the coffin.
On Friday evening, all-conference selections were announced with two Saints earning honors. Both Central Christian seniors, Victor Dean and DuJuan Henderson, earned second-team selections. It was the third time for both players earning all-MCCC recognition.
The Saints begin Southwest Region play on Thursday in Moore, Okla., when they take on second-ranked Manhattan Christian College at 4 p.m. The Thunder are fresh off MCCC regular season and tournament championships after their 103-89 victory over Barclay College on Saturday. The Thunder are seeded second, while the Saints are No. 7. All live action and results can be followed by visiting www.rusaints.com/fan-zone/southwestregiontournament.