Highlanders crush Collin

Highlanders crush Collin

The seventh-ranked McLennan Highlanders annihilated the Collin Cougars 87-66 at The Highlands to move to 27-1 on the season and 9-1 in North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference play. 

The Highlanders came out running and gunning, showing their offensive prowess early as they opened the game on a 14-0 run. Collin finally got on the board with a pair of Sasha Simic free throws with 14:48 to play in the first half. McLennan dominated the first half, shooting 68 percent from the field compared to just 33 percent for the Cougars. The Highlanders continued to pull away in the final minutes of the half and held the 44-23 advantage going into the locker room.

McLennan continued to go full throttle in the second half leading by as many as 21 as they cruised to the easy victory.

Zarious Wilson led the Highlanders with 17 points. Derrick Farquharson and Isaiah Gurley scored 14 points each. Jashawn Talton and Shannon Bogues added 12 each.

McLennan travels to Temple Saturday to continue conference play. Women's action gets underway at 2 p.m. followed by the men's game at 4 p.m.

McLennan 87, Collin 66

Collin: Zachary Garza 1 3-4 6; Seljah Johnson 0 0-0 0; Marcus Wade 1 1-3 5; Sasha Simic 2 4-4 10; Jola Otubu 1 1-1 3; Noah Whitworth 3 0-1 8; Tyrick Bennett 3 0-0 7; Boaz Williams 3 2-3 8; Tyrik Price 1 0-0 3; Travonta Robertson 1 0-0 2; Bradley Mason 2 0-0 6; Jonathyn Washington 1 2-2 4; Jackson Nobles 2 0-0 4; John Robbins 0 0-0 0; Totals: 21 15-23 66.

McLennan: Kyle Brennon 0 0-0 0; Zarious Wilson 6 2-3 17; Chamar Hawkins 2 0-0 5; Hayden Hunter 1 0-0 3; Derrick Farquharson 6 1-2 14; Shannon Bogues 5 1-1 12; Isaiah Gurley 4 4-4 14; Jashawn Talton 3 5-7 12; Fred Jackson 4 0-0 8; Julius Palmer 1 0-0 2; Totals: 32 14-19 87.

3-pointers: Collin 9 (Simic 2, Whitworth 2, Mason 2, Garza 1, Bennett 1, Price 1), McLennan 9 (Wilson 3, Gurley 2, Hawkins 1, Farquharson 1, Bogues 1, Talton 1); Total fouls: Collin 23, McLennan 23; Halftime score: McLennan 44, Collin 23; Record: McLennan 27-1 (9-1).