2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Central College followed a lethargic second half with a high-octane overtime for a 79-65 Iowa Conference men’s basketball win over Coe College Saturday. The Dutch saw a 31-19 halftime lead melt away and had to dodge a Coe opportunity to win the game in regulation that ended with a traveling call on the Kohawks at the buzzer, leaving it at 58-58.
But Central scored on every overtime possession, hitting 85.7 percent. Forward James Chapline (sophomore, Ogden) hit back-to-back buckets for a 5-point lead to start the extra period and the Dutch were in control the rest of the way.
“It was a good experience for our guys,” coach Mike Boschee said. “Coe made a good run at us but we were able to refocus and get energized for the start of overtime.”
Forward Loren Liming (junior, Ames, Gilbert HS) and guard Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) each had 18 points while Liming grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Chapline added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. The Dutch shot 50.9 percent for the night but were outrebounded 36-35. Coe’s Alex Tatman had a game-high 23 points.
The extra period let the Dutch close the day on an up note..
“In the overtime we just made plays,” Boschee said. “James Chapline hit a couple big shots and Miguel (Ley) hit a big shot. The guys understand that if they want to be successful in the Iowa Conference, they have to be players who aren’t willing to accept failure. They have to want to be in situations like they were tonight and live for moments when the game’s on the line. I thought that we did that today.”
Central heads to Dubuque Monday to meet Loras College at the start of a three-game week. The women’s-men’s doubleheader starts at 6 p.m.