Highlanders top Eastfield

Highlanders top Eastfield

The 13th-ranked McLennan Highlanders traveled to Mesquite Wednesday evening to take on the Eastfield Harvesters, the top-rated team in NJCAA Division III. The Highlanders came away with a 115-96 victory to remain undefeated on the season.

McLennan came out running and gunning in the first half. Eastfield led 7-6 with 18:10 to go in the first. The Highlanders used an 8-0 run to take the 14-7 lead less than two minutes later. The Harvesters trimmed the lead to four, 20-16, with 14:08 to play. McLennan broke the game open with a 15-0 run to extend the lead to 19, 35-16. The Highlanders led by as many at 22 in the half and held the 68-49 advantage at the break.

Eastfield didn't go down without a fight. McLennan led 74-51 with 18:58 remaining in the game. The Harvesters exploded for a 17-0 run to cut the Highlander lead to six, 74-68, with 14:24 to play. McLennan quickly extended the lead back to double digits and continued to pull away down the stretch, leading by as many as 18.

Shannon Bogues led the Highlanders with 20 points, Isaiah Gurley added 19 and Derrick Farquharson scored 17. Jashawn Talton and Zarious Wilson added 15 points each.

McLennan: Zarious Wilson 6 0-0 15; Chamar Hawkins 0 0-0 0; Hayden Hunter 34 3-4 17; Derrick Farquharson 3 0-0 7; Shannon Bogues 7 6-7 20; Isaiah Gurley 6 6-6 19; Jashawn Talton 7 1-2 15; David Johnson 2 0-0 0; Daniel Pinho Severo 2 2-4 6; Fred Jackson 4 0-0 8; Julius Palmer 4 0-0 8; Totals: 46 18-23 115.

Eastfield: Streeter 7 8-9 26; Watts 0 0-0 0; Willis 0 0-0 0; Pelley 6 4-6 16; Ard 2 1-2 6; Murray 5 8-9 20; Dixon 0 0-0 0; Hooks 3 3-4 11; Joiner 0 2-2 2; Kent 0 0-0 0; Donahoe 0 0-0 0; Wimbish 0 0-0 0; Odum 0 0-0 0; Watkins 0 2-4 2; Duncan 5 0-0 13; Totals: 28 28-36 96.

3-pointers: McLennan 5 (Wilson 3, Farquharson 1, Gurley 1), Eastfield 12 (Streeter 4, Duncan 3, Murray 2, Hooks 2, Ard 1); Total fouls: McLennan 21, Eastfield 19; Fouled out: McLennan (Farquharson), Eastfield (Duncan); Halftime score: McLennan 68, Eastfield 49; Record: 14-0.