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It took two extra overtime to decide a winner between Central Community College-Columbus men's basketball and Concordia University JV on Monday on the road, but the Raiders came out on the losing end after falling 103-99. 

The Raiders (10-8) were on a two-game winning streak and undefeated in the New Year before the loss. 

Central connected on 36 of 79 shots including 8 of 22 from behind the arc. 

The Raiders also went 19 of 23 from the charity stripe. As a team they grabbed 51 rebounds including 17 offensive. 

The Raiders committed 20 turnovers and finished with just 16 assists. A slow start had them chasing most of the night.

"I'm obviously not pleased with our effort to start the game," head coach John Ritzdorf said. "It took us way too long to play with energy and intensity that we needed to play with. That was disappointing."

Central fell behind 39-34 in the first half, but bounced back after outscoring Concordia JV 48-43 in the second half, forcing an extra period. 

Both squads scored eight points in the first overtime, but Concordia outscored Central 13-9 in the second overtime to win the game. 

At one point, Central was down 12 in the second half before battling back.

"That part was OK," Ritzdorf said. "Overall, we just couldn't get stops. We couldn't stop them, man, zone, anything we tried, they scored on us. With that defensive effort you're not going to win a ton of games."

Central also committed 20 fouls and saw sophomores Tre'vion Crawford and Cooper Pratt foul out. 

"Any time you let a couple good offensive players get going early then it makes it really tough late in games," Ritzdorf said. "They're going to hit some shots when you're playing good defense later on, but you let them get going early on. I think that was part of it. I think they're a good offensive team and I think we just didn't have the mindset that we've had in previous games where we didn't take it personal on defense.

"It just showed, especially late in the game. we traded baskets instead of getting stops." 

Central took the lead in the second overtime and was up four, but missed some free throws and missed an easy layup then committed a turnover.  

"We had a chance to really take control in the period and we didn't," Ritzdorf said. "That was really the story of the game." 

Sophomore Roman Behrens recorded a triple-double grabbing 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 21 points. 

Sophomore Nathan Frost led the team in scoring with 23, Crawford added 22, Pratt recorded 13 and freshman Dwight Glover scored 10. 

Central is in action next at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Doane JV, a game that was originally scheduled last Friday before a move due to weather concerns.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com 

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