The Kalamazoo Central Maroon Giants topped the Battle Creek Central Bearcats in both boys and girls basketball Tuesday night, winning on their home floor 57-48 in boys play and 76-22 in girls play. The boys contest stayed tight throughout with the Bearcats holding an 8-6 advantage after the first quarter. K-Central started the second quarter on an 8-0 run, but a 13-3 finish from BCC put the Bearcats back up at the half, 21-17.
The third quarter saw five lead changes with the Maroon Giants leading after the third quarter, 40-34. Neither team led by more than six until the fourth quarter, where K-Central finally started to pull away, in part due to free throw success. They went 25-34 at the stripe, while the Bearcats were only 5-10. The game did end with some jawing and bad blood and although a number of students ran onto the court after the game, no punches appeared to be thrown.
Isaiah Livers led K-Central with 21 points. The future Michigan Wolvervine was also 9-13 at the free throw line, including a 6-6 run at the end. Joshua Mann topped BCC with 14 points. The win puts K-Central at 14-1 overall and at 8-0 in the SMAC East Division, securing the division title. Next up for them is Gull Lake at home Friday. The Bearcats drop to 13-3 overall and host Mattawan Friday.
Meanwhile, as expected by the records, the girls game was never in doubt, with a 76-22 final in favor of Kalamazoo Central. They improve to 12-3 with the Bearcats dropping to 2-15. BCC actually had the top scoring player in Tamera Gills, who scored 13 points. 12 players had a bucket K-Central, led by 11 from Anasia Harris.
Listen back to both contests below: