Highlanders pick up easy wins in Joe White Classic

Highlanders pick up easy wins in Joe White Classic

The McLennan Highlanders opened the Joe White Classic with an 81-48 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jacksonville jumped out to the early lead at 4-2. McLennan pulled away with 17-4 run to take an 11-point lead midway through the half, 19-8. The Highlanders held the 41-25 at the break.

The Jaguars opened the second half on a 5-0 run, cutting the lead to 11, 41-30, with just over 18 minutes to play in the game. McLennan responded with a 12-1 run in the next three minutes to extend the lead to 22. The Highlanders led by as many as 38 down the stretch.

Three Highlanders scored in double figures. Freshman Jalen Jones led the way with 16 points. Sophomores Wayne Langston and D. J. Weathers added 14 and 12, respectively.

On Saturday, the Highlanders defeated the God's Academy Ambassadors 102-65.

Both teams started slow. The game was tied at eight with 15:19 remaining in the first half. McLennan pulled away with a 12-0 run, taking the 20-8 lead with 11:50 to go. God's Academy used a 9-0 run to cut the lead to three, 20-17. But the Highlanders pulled away again and held the 17-point lead at the break, 51-34.

The second half was all McLennan as the Highlanders cruised to the easy victory.

Sophomore Shawn Prudhomme led McLennan with 21 points. Deondre Ray and Austen Bradshaw added 16 and 10, respectively.

McLennan 81, Jacksonville 48

McLennan: Ojai Black 1 0-0 2; D. J. Weathers 5 1-2 12; Jalen Jones 5 3-4 16; Austen Bradshaw 2 1-1 5; Shawn Prudhomme 2 0-0 4; Deondre Ray 1 0-0 2; Julius Foster 2 2-2 7; Tevin Hanner 1 0-0 2; William Stinnett 3 0-0 6; DaMarcus Whittington 1 0-0 2; Joe Lundy 3 0-0 6; Jalin Leblanc 1 1-2 3; Wayne Langston 4 6-6 14; Totals: 31 14-17 81.

Jacksonville: Aaron Bryant 3 0-0 8; Jake Eynon 2 1-2 6; Rashard Todd 1 2-3 4; Chris Campbell 5 3-6 13; Tevin Jackson 1 0-0 3; Malachi Christopher 2 0-0 6; Davvin Hill 2 0-0 6; Deng Leek 0 2-4 2; Totals: 16 8-15 48.

3-pointers: McLennan 5 (Jones 3, Weathers 1, Foster 1); Jacksonville 7 (Hill 2, Christopher 2, Bryant 1, Eynon 1, Jackson 1); Total fouls: McLennan 13; Jacksonville 14; Halftime score: McLennan 41, Jacksonville 28; Record: McLennan 4-0.

McLennan 102, God's Academy 65

McLennan: Ojai Black  0 2-2 2; D. J. Weathers 1 2-3 4; Jalen Jones 4 0-0 9; Austen Bradshaw 4 0-2 10 ; Shawn Prudhomme 7 2-2 21; Deondre Ray 7 2-4 16; Julius Foster 0 2-2 2; Tevin Hanner 4 0-0 8; William Stinnett 2 2-3 6; DaMarcus Whittington 1 0-0 2; Joe Lundy 4 1-2 9; John Savoy 2 4-4 8; Wayne Langston 2 1-1 5; Totals: 38 18-25 102.

God's Academy: Patrick Evans 1 0-0 2; Rachard Moody 2 4-4 8; Kenton Linton 3 0-0 8; Dwight Harris 3 2-2 9; Boubacar Diallo 5 6-7 16; Silman Bathily 1 5-5 7; Ryan Chung 3 0-2 6; Romario Allen 3 1-2 9; Totals: 21 18-22 65.

3-pointers: McLennan 8 (Prudhomme 5, Bradshaw 2, Jones 1); God's Academy 6 (Linton 2, Allen 2, Harris 1, Diallo 1); Total fouls: McLennan 17; God's Academy 17; Halftime score: McLennan 51, God's Academy 34; Record: McLennan 5-0.