Mustangs overcome slow start to beat Royals

CBC Sports
Erik Holth, Sports Information Director

CONWAY – Trailing 7-4 early in tonight’s contest vs. Ecclesia, Central Baptist College men’s basketball responded by putting the game away with a 17-0 run over 4:47 in the first half. CBC (15-5) cruised from there, leading 68-14 at the half and cruising to a 102-54 win over the Royals (1-15).

“I thought we played a great first half tonight,” head coach Chris Wright said. “I was very impressed with our focus and unselfishness tonight. Thursday will be a tough road game. Williams Baptist really wants to beat us and will be ready to go.”

Five Mustangs scored in double figures, led by Ashford Golden. CBC also dominated on the glass, but no one had more than Victor Dukes.

MUSTANG NOTES

  • Golden finished with 18 points while Dukes posted 17, Sammie Elem had 14, Da’Jon Streeter had 13 and TeShawn Sims scored 12
  • Dukes missed a double-double by two rebounds, leading the team with eight on the night.
  • CBC shot 57 percent in the first half while holding Ecclesia to just five first half field goals.
  • The Mustangs outrebounded the Royals 48-39 and forced 28 turnovers while committing just eight themselves

ROYAL NOTES

  • Malacio Freeman led EC with 14 points including four threes, all of which came in the second half
  • Noah Banks grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds

UP NEXT

CBC returns to American Midwest Conference play on Thursday night, Feb. 8, when they travel to Walnut Ridge to take on Williams Baptist. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. and CBC will be looking for the season sweep, having beaten Williams at home 90-85 on Jan. 27.

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