RECAP: Kalamazoo Central Defeats Battle Creek Central

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:


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