WAXAHACHIE, Texas — Southwestern Assemblies of God, the eighth seed and the tourney host, defeated Central Baptist College last weekend, 72-64, in the semifinals of the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Central Regional tournament here.
Southwestern Assemblies had upset top-seeded Dallas Baptist the evening before.
The Mustangs went in at the half up 31-26 but were outscored 46-33 in the second half. CBC, which led the nation in team 3-point percentage, had their worse shooting outing of the season from long range. They were 4-of-22.
"We did an excellent job executing on offense. We just couldn’t put the ball in the hole," CBC head coach Josh Austin said.
The Mustangs were led in scoring by senior Ryan Barnes and junior Will Johnson with 17 points each. Senior Rodderick Briggs finished with 10 points.
CBC finished the season 18-11, second-best in school history to last season’s 22-11.
It was the final game for Mustang seniors CJ McCoy, Rodderick Briggs, and Ryan Barnes. Briggs ended his career as the school’s all-time steal leader with more than 260 steals and is fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,050 points. Barnes has broken every scoring record the school has. Among the records: single-season scoring leader (888), points in a game (47), and all-time scoring (2,350 points).
"I wish that we could have made it to the national tournament one more time for these seniors," Austin said. "CJ only had one year of eligibility left and fit in perfectly. I have had Rodd and Ryan ever since I started coaching. I will miss them greatly."