Central Community College was able to turn the tables on Southeast Community College Saturday night in a regional championship game.
Less than a week after beating Central 88-71 at the Truman Center Center, the Storm fell to that same team at home 98-90. The win puts Central in a District Championship game while the Storm season comes to an end.
It was the three pointer that doomed the Storm. Central was 11 of 22 from behind the arc. Their defense also forced 25 Storm turnovers, which offset the 24 turnovers caused by SCC's defense.
The first half belonged to SCC. With a 16-14 lead, Kalem Hardaway's basket made it 18-14. After a Central basket, SCC's Kouth Path scored on a putback basket and Daniel Quesenberry knocked down a three pointer to make it 23-16.
Quesenberry then answered a Central basket with another three pointer to make it 26-18.
Central came back with a three pointer, but two free throws by Jalen Wilkins-McCoy and a three pointer by Panashe Dzimate gave SCC their biggest lead of the game at 31-21. The Storm would lead 33-28 at half time.
Central started the second half hot, immediately getting the game to a 35-35 tie. But SCC answered with a jumper from Kouth Path a baseline dunk by Quesenberry and a basket by Shou Nisbet to make it 41-35 in favor of SCC.
SCC maintained a 47-43 lead, which is when Central went on their 20-1 run, giving them a 63-48 lead.
A big blow during that run was when Kouth Path fouled out with 10:37 left in the game after there was confusion with the scorer's table as to if Path had four or five fouls.
Path was forced to sit and SCC ended the run with four straight free throws to make it 63-52. Central would maintain a double digit lead until the very end, when SCC knocked down three straight three pointers to make it 97-90, but it was too late. Central would eventually win 98-90.
Quesenberry led the Storm with 22 points while Jalen Wilkins-McCoy had 18 points. Darian McDonald came off the bench to score 12 points while Panashe Dzimati and Kouth Path had 11 points each. Andrius Jones and Kalem Hardaway had six each while Shou Nisbet had four.
Despite fouling out early, Path was able to pull down 16 rebounds in the game.
Central's leading scores were Malik Mooving with 25 and Zack Rice-Gordon with 23. They were both 3 of 6 from three point range.
SCC's season ends after they posted a 4-27 record.