Highlanders crush Cavaliers

Highlanders crush Cavaliers

The McLennan Highlanders crushed the Bossier Parish Cavaliers 84-70 tonight at The Highlands.
 
Bossier Parish struck first with a Charlie Cochran 3-pointer from the corner in front of the MCC bench. An Allen Hatchett floater in the lane gave the Cavaliers the early 5-0 lead. Tre Thomas put McLennan on the board with a put back but a quick Bossier Parish bucket extended the lead back to five, 7-2. The next five minutes would be a series of alternating runs by the two squads. Lorenzo Adams and Cameron Copeland combined for a 6-0 run to give the Highlanders their first lead of the contest at 8-7. The Cavaliers responded with a 7-0 run of their own to go up by six, 14-8. Another McLennan run capped by an Asare Otchere dunk tied the game at 14 with nine minutes to play in the first half and fired up the Highlanders. McLennan built a five-point lead at 24-19 with 5:22 to go before the half. Bossier Parish trimmed the lead to one a minute later but the Highlanders pulled away to take the 37-31 lead into the locker room.
 
McLennan opened the second half with back-to-back buckets from Akili Vining to take the first double-digit lead of the game, 41-31. Bossier Parish cut the lead to eight on a Diamante Brown bucket but it was all Highlanders from there. McLennan pulled away down the stretch with sharp shooting and strong defense. The Highlanders extended the lead to 20, 73-53, with 5:31 and continued to roll until the final buzzer.
 
Chris Pryor led McLennan with 21 points and Akili Vining added 17.
 
The Highlanders travel to Brenham Tuesday to play the Blinn Buccaneers at 7:30 p.m.
 
Bossier Parish: E.J. Clark4 11-12 20; Paul King 2 0-0 5; Aaron Gregg 3 4-6 11; Diamante Brown 2 1-2 5; Charlie Cochran 5 1-3 13; Isaiah Sulack 1 0-0 3; Allen Hatchett, Jr. 3 0-0 7; Alan Lang 0 1-21; Joshua Davis 2 1-2 5; Frank Robinson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 22 19-27 70.
 
McLennan: Akili Vining 7 2-2 17; Lorenzo Anderson 3 2-2 8; Rodrique Massenat 0 0-3 0; Cameron Copeland 4 0-0 8; Chris Pryor 9 0-0 21; Rayquan Brown 2 1-2 5; Tre Thomas 3 1-1 7; Claven Wilson 1 7-8 9; Asare Otchere 3 0-0 6; Isaiah Wyatt 0 0-0 0; Tyrese Taylor 0 0-0 0; Scott Ator 0 3-4 3; Totals: 32 16-22 84.
 
3-pointers: Bossier Parish 7 (Cochran 2, Clark 1, King 1, Gregg 1, Sulack 1, Hatchett 1), McLennan 4 (Pryor 3, Vining); Total fouls: Bossier Parish 27, 14; Fouled out: Bossier Parish (Brown, Davis); Halftime score: McLennan 37, Bossier Parish 31;
Record: McLennan 4-2.