Highlanders come up short against Leopards

Highlanders come up short against Leopards

The McLennan Highlanders suffered a 79-76 loss to the Temple Leopards on Wednesday night.

McLennan opened the game on a 6-0 run and led 21-18 with 10:52 remaining in the half. The Highlanders began to pull away, extending the lead to 15 with just over three minutes to go before the break. Temple cut the lead to 10 at halftime, 44-34.

Temple began to rally midway through the second half. The Leopards took the 67-66 lead, its first of the game, with 7:01 to play. The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the game. Temple led 77-76 with 2.1 seconds to play. The Highlanders inbounded the ball under their own basket, but Jalen Jones' shot was blocked and Temple secured the deflection. Chad Cantrell made two free throws with 0.6 seconds on the clock to claim the victory.

Wayne Langston led the Highlanders with 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to earn a double double. Ojai Black and Jalen Jones scored 12 points each. D.J. Weathers and John Savoy scored 10 points each.

McLennan returns to action on Saturday, hosting Ranger. The women's game begins at 2 p.m., followed by the men's game at 4 p.m.

McLennan: Ojai Black 3 6-7 12; D.J. Weathers 4 0-0 10; Jalen Jones 5 1-2 12; Deondre Ray 0 0-1 0; Julius Foster 0 2-2 2; Tevin Hanner 3 0-0 6; Joe Lundy 1 2-2 4; John Savoy 5 0-0 10; Wayne Langston 9 1-3 20; Totals: 30 12-17 76.

Temple: Keyunta Watkins 3 0-1 7; Chad Cantrell 1 2-2 4; Joe Jackson 5 0-0 4; K. Terrel Jackson 1 1-2 4; Brandon Thompson 5 5-7 17; Ernest Maize 5 2-6 12; Darrian Gilmore 1 0-0 2; Deondre Logan 2 4-4 9; Shawn Gulley 5 3-4 13; Totals: 28 17-28 79

3-pointers: McLennan 3 (Weathers 2, Jones 1), Temple 3 (J. Jackson 1, K. Jackson 1, Logan 1); Total fouls: McLennan 22, Temple 16; Fouled out: Temple (Watkins); Halftime score: McLennan 44, Temple 34; Record: McLennan 23-2 (6-1).