2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—James Chapline (sophomore, Ogden) knocked down 15 of 16 free throws as the Central College men’s basketball team outlasted Knox College (Ill.) 80-69 Monday night.
Both teams wore out a path to the free throw stripe, combining for 74 attempts. Central hit a precise 35-of-40 (87.5 percent) while Knox sank 27-of-34 (79.4 percent). The Dutch were just two free throws shy of the school mark for made free throws in a game (37 vs. Buena Vista, 1985).
Chapline finished with 19 points and seven rebounds but guard Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) led all scorers with 23 points. Forward Mark Holan (junior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) added 13 points and five rebounds with four steals and three blocks and forward Loren Liming (junior, Ames, Gilbert HS) had 12 points and two blocks. Center Zach Cooper (junior, Des Moines, Johnston HS) was the top rebounder with nine as the Dutch held a 38-27 advantage on the boards.
The frequent trips to the free throw line had an effect on play, coach Mike Boschee said.
“There just wasn’t any flow to the game,” he said. “It was hard to get into any rhythm. But I liked how the guys fourth through the little run Knox made. It was a learning experience that will help us down the road in the conference season.”
The Dutch get some time off for Christmas then return to Iowa Conference action Jan. 3 with a women’s-men’s doubleheader against Cornell College. The women’s game tips off at 2 p.m. with the men’s game at 4 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. Central and Cornell split a pair of games last year. The Rams are off to an impressive 8-2 start and are 1-0 in league play, defeating Simpson College 68-60 Dec. 6.
A video Webcast and live stats for both games will be available through the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.
“We’ve had a nice first part of the year,” Boschee said. “I like how we’re coming together.