Highlanders eclipse Suns

Highlanders eclipse Suns

The McLennan Highlanders eclipsed the Cedar Valley Suns on the road Tuesday afternoon in Lancaster, coming away with the 101-71 victory in the final tune up before the short Thanksgiving break.

It was all Highlanders from the tip. Xaiver Armstead got open for a running layup less than 20 seconds into the game to start McLennan's 14-2 opening run. The Highlanders built a 20-point lead midway through the half and continued to pull away, stretching it to 30 at intermission, 53-23.

Cedar Valley put up a fight early in the second half, trimming the McLennan lead to 21, 62-41 with 14:41 remaining in the game. The Highlanders took control again and led by as many as 35 as they cruised to the win.

Aaron Gregg and Javen Hedgeman scored 14 points each. Jashawn Talton and Antoine Banks scored 13 and 12, respectively. Armstead added 11, and Jordan Skipper-Brown and Sasa Vuksanvic scored 10 each.

McLennan 101, Cedar Valley 71
McLennan: Aaron Gregg 3 6-6 14; Javen Hedgeman 4 4-8 14; Marquez Cooper 2 0-0 5; Xaiver Armstead 4 0-0 11; Antoine Banks 4 4-5 12; Jashawn Talton 4 5-7 13; Dayante McClellan 3 2-3 9; Daniel Pinho Severo 0 3-4 3; Jordan Skipper-Brown 5 0-0 10; Sasa Vuksanvic 3 4-4 10; Malachi Barron 0 0-0 0; Totals: 32 28-37 101.

Cedar Valley: Alphonso Hawkins 1 0-0 3; Amariye Blunson 6 0-0 17; Kris Frazier 0 0-0 0; Kobe Lawrence 0 0-0 0; J.F. Thomas5 1-1 11; Desmond Kennedy5 5-6 18; Chantz Williams 3 0-0 6; Shonne Carter 1 0-0 2; Zylias Williams 0 1-2 1; Kamani Morris 1 0-0 2; Calvin Williams 1 0-2 2; Trevoin Shaw 1 0-0 2; Amani Gibson 1 2-4 5; Totals: 26 9-15 71.

3-pointers: McLennan 9 (Armstead 3, Gregg 2, Hedgeman 2, Cooper 1), Cedar Valley 10 (Blunson 5, Kennedy 3, Hawkins 1, Gibson 1); Total fouls: McLennan 17, Cedar Valley 26; Fouled out: Cedar Valley (Shaw); Halftime score: McLennan 53, Cedar Valley 23; Record: McLennan 9-1.