Saints claim back-to-back wins on road trip to close out regular season
A night after scoring a school-record number of points, the Saints had to grind for their second win on the road trip.
Central Christian College of the Bible outscored Emmaus Bible College 8-1 in the final 2:15 of regulation to hang on for an 86-76 victory in Midwest Christian College Conference play on Saturday in the final game of the regular season.
The game was back-and-forth in the early going until Central Christian (11-13, 3-3 MCCC) used an 8-0 spurt midway through the first half to take a 24-13 lead with 9:22 left to play. They went on to lead by as many as 17, but held a 46-35 advantage at the break.
Emmaus Bible (2-21, 1-5 MCCC) got as close as one on several occasions in the second half, but never regained the lead.
The Saints shot an impressive 13-for-23 (57 percent) from behind the 3-point line and 47 percent from the field. They had 17 assists and just seven turnovers, while finishing with 11 steals.
Caleif Gregg and Trey Black both hit three 3s and scored 16 points each to lead the way. Kedron Rollings added 13 points, while Rodrigo Nunez scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Caleb Kendrick came off the bench to score 12 points.
Stevie Horan led the Eagles with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
On Friday evening, Central Christian scored 75 points in the first half of their way to a 123-81 win over Faith Baptist Bible College. The 123 points bested the 121 scored against Calvary Bible College on January 12, 2016.
Four Saints scored 20 or more points, led by Gregg's game-high 26. Black finished with 22 points, followed by Josh Crawford with 21 and Nunez with 20.
Central Christian, who led 75-42 at halftime, went 12-for-24 from behind the arc and shot 57 percent from the field.
The Saints now turn their attention to the MCCC Tournament, which begins on Thursday at Calvary University in Kansas City. The bracket and pairings for the tournament will be released on Sunday.