Central teams celebrate homecoming with sweep of Vian
It was a happy homecoming for the Central High School basketball teams Tuesday night as they swept the visiting Vian squads.
The Tigers outlasted the Wolverines 93-89 in triple overtime, then the Lady Tigers completed the sweep with a 60-23 win over the Lady Wolverines.
In the boys’ game, the Tigers (9-7), who trailed 49-46 after three quarters, outscored the Wolverines (5-9) in the final period 1613 to force overtime with the game tied at 62-all.
After nothing was decided in the first two OTs, it took the third overtime to do it as Central outscored Vian by four points to complete the come-from-behind win.
For the game, Aiden Sainer and Devon Baggs each scored a game-high 28 points to lead Central, followed by Isaac Rogers with 14 points, Coy Blackburn with 11 points, Cade Tucker with 10 points and homecoming king Joseph Lee with two points.
In defeat, Yonsi Grass scored 23 points and Masyn Wright added 20 points to lead Vian, followed by Joe O’Neil with 19 points, Brayden Rodriguez with 11 points, Jacob Brannick with nine points, Trace Sanders with six points and Cash Collins with a free throw.
Unfortunately for the visiting Lady Wolverines (1-12), their game did not have nearly the excitement as the boys contest.
The Lady Tigers (133) jumped out to a 15-5 lead after a quarter, which became a 37-14 halftime advantage and a 52-14 lead after three quarters thanks to a 15-0 third quarter by Central.
For the game, Hadlie Woods scored a gamehigh 20 points to lead Central, followed by Cambree Bair with 15 points, Koda Robbins and Brianna Taylor with five points each, Ayrland Jiles and homecoming queen Autumn Cernicek each with four points, Gracie Thompson, Alyssa Harris and Haley Cheek with two points each and Keeley Poindexter with a free throw.
In defeat, Avery Wright led Vian with five points, followed by Kala Gibbins and Cassidee Postoak with three points each and Skyelar Locust, Annie Neal, Kiah Richardson, Aliyah Tucker, Halli Russell and Rayleigh Terrill with two points apiece.