2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
ST. BONIFACIUS, MINN.—Guard Miguel Ley (senior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) and forward Loren Liming (senior, Ames, Gilbert HS) each put up 24 points and six rebounds as the Central College men’s basketball team crushed Crown College (Minn.) 91-68 Saturday.
Liming returned after sitting out Friday’s win at Martin Luther (Minn.) because of an injury suffered Thursday night at Buena Vista.
Forward James Chapline (junior, Ogden) added 11 points and forward Mark Holan (senior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) had 10 with six rebounds. Center Zach Cooper (senior, Johnston) had a team-high seven rebounds for the Dutch (8-2), who sprinted to a 48-34 halftime lead. Crown dropped to 2-9.
Coach Mike Boschee liked how his club handled playing its third game in as many nights as the Dutch closed their pre-Christmas schedule.
“It’s been a tough stretch,” he said. “That’s not what we had scheduled but it’s what we were dealt and the players handled it pretty well. At times they played a little tired but for most of the game, their energy was good. They competed hard, which is all you can ask.
“I like the energy I see every day with this team. Every player, from 1-15, contributes something.”
Ley crossed the 1,200-point mark for his career. He’s scored 1,216 and stands in 10th place on Central’s career scoring chart. Ley needs 24 points to surpass Clint Driftmier (2003-07) for ninth place.
The Dutch focus on final exams next week and are off until after Christmas when the squad heads to Santa Barbara, Calif. for the Westmont (Calif.) Tom Byron Classic. The Dutch stage a first-ever meeting with Westminster (Pa.) Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). Host Westmont takes on Concordia (Neb.) in the nightcap. The consolation and championship games are set for Dec. 30 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
Westminster finished its pre-Christmas schedule with a 2-6 mark, although the Titans have been without their top player. Westmont is 5-2 while Concordia (Neb.) is 7-5. Both are NAIA schools while Westminster is Division III.