CCCB junior forward Quincy James, Jr., matched a career-high with 37 points scored on Monday at Union College.
Mens Basketball

Saints battle tough on the road, come up short at Union

Lincoln, Neb.

On a night when the Saints' Quincy James, Jr., tied his career-high 37 points and Sam Adams scored a season-high 18, Central Christian College of the Bible came up short at Union College on Monday night.

Down three with 8.1 seconds to go, the Saints inbounded the ball under their own basket. Adams missed on a three-point attempts in the corner. Edris Hamilton grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked out to Trey Palmer for another attempt from beyond the arc that wouldn't fall just as time expired.

FINAL: Union 92, Central Christian 89
RECORDS: Central Christian (11-15), Union (8-7)


  • The Saints shot 10-for-18 from 3-point range in the first half.
  • Union shot 58 percent and 11-for-15 at the free throw line in the first half.
  • Union held a 53-50 lead at the break.
  • The Saints cooled off from outside, going just 3-for-14 from beyond the arc in the second half
  • After only five free throw attempts (4-for-5) in the first half, the Saints were 10-for-15 after halftime.
  • Union was 21-for-29 at the charity stripe for the game.
  • The Saint had a hard time stopping the 6-foot-8 Blake Essex (25 points, 18 rebounds) and the 6-foot-6 Braden Essex (16 points)
  • It was the fourth straight game for the Saints without leading scorer Raheem Brizendine (21 ppg), who injured his knee against Manhattan Christian. Brizendine averaged 27 points per game in his last five games leading up to the injury.
  • CCCB won the first meeting between the two teams, 84-70, in Moberly on Nov. 2, 2023.


  • Quincy James, Jr.: 37 points, 5 rebounds, 12-18 free throws, 5 assists
  • Sam Adams: 18 points, 6-10 3-pointers, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Trey Palmer: 9 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Chris Woods: 6 assists, 3 rebounds


The Saints wrap up the regular season with a pair of Midwest Christian College Conference games at home. They host Faith Baptist Bible College on Friday at 7 p.m., then Emmaus Bible College on Saturday at 4 p.m.