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Thursday winners NC, MCC collide at 7 pm in Orr Classic finale

By MIKE MONTFORT     (Photos By Keith Speer)    —
    The Lewis Orr Classic concludes Friday with Thursday’s winners pairing up in the 7 pm feature game.
The host Bulldogs square off against unbeaten McLennan (7-0) to wrap up the two-day event.  In the 5 pm opener, Trinity Valley (5-1) tests Temple (3-1).
Game 2: Navarro 95, Temple 73
Sophomore Jamar Martin had a third straight double-double at home mcc2Thursday and joined six in double-figure scoring as Navarro defeated Temple 95-73 and ended a three-game Leopard winning streak.
Martin scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds as coach Michael Landers’ team won its second straight game, pulled to .500 for the season, and avenged a 28-point loss to coach Kirby Johnson’s Leopards on November 4 at Temple.
Keir Anderson came off the bench to lead Navarro scorers with 18 on 8-of-12 shooting, and added three assists and three steals.
Tyler Whitehead made his season debut Tuesday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting. He also cleared three rebounds, stole two passes and made two assists.  Whitehead scored Navarro’s first six points of the game, and the Bulldogs cruised into halftime with a 47-39 lead.
Cameron King, playing in only second game of the year, added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
mcc3Calvin Anderson came off the bench with 12 points, including 3-of-7 shooting from three-point range.
The Bulldogs hit 55.4 percent from the floor (31-56), and 43.8% from beyond the arc (7-16).
GAME 1:  McLennan 75, Trinity Valley 68
The McLennan Highlanders kept their winning streak alive with a narrow 75-68 victory over the Trinity Valley Cardinals tonight in the Lewis Orr Classic at Navarro College.

McLennan opened the game on a 9-0 run and built a 13-1 lead as they held the Cardinals without a field goal for the first nine minutes of play. The Highlanders led by 18, the largest lead of the game at 23-5 with 8:43 to play in the first half. Trinity Valley found their rhythm and cut the lead to six at the break, 39-25.

The Cardinals continued to chip away in the second half, pulling within one, 48-47 with just under 11 minutes remaining in the game. McLennan increased the lead back to double digits, 63-53 with five minutes to go. Trinity Valley pulled within three, 71-68, with 35 second remaining but the Highlanders Aundre Jackson  and Jerami Grace combined to go 4-4 from the free throw line on the deliberate fouls by the Cardinals to secure the win. 

Grace led the Highlanders with 17 points and Shannon Bogues  added 16. Jackson and Zach Charles scored 12 points each.

McLennan: Ben Nakwaasah 1 0-0 2; Jerami Grace 4 7-8 17; Kaelen Malone 1 2-2 5; Shannon Bogues 6 4-5 16; Alex Mills 2 1-2 7; DeAnte Robinson 1 0-0 2; Aundre Jackson 4 4-4 12; Zach Charles 1 10-10 12; Fred Jackson 0 2-2 2; Totals: 20 30-33 75.

Trinity Valley: Stephen Edwards 2 0-2 4; Melvin Swift 2 0-0 4; Leon Gilmore 4 2-2 12; Brandon Holley 3 2-2 9; J.C. Washington 2 0-0 4; Ryan Preston 3 2-2 8; Hyron Edwards 1 9-9 11; Shamiek Sheppard 1 2-2 4; Isaac Allen 0 1-2 1; Josh Robinson 4 0-0 11; Totals: 22 18-21 68.

3-pointers: McLennan 5 (Grace 2, Mills 2, Malone 1), Trinity Valley 6 (Robinson 3, Gilmore 2, Holley 1); Total fouls: McLennan 16, Trinity Valley 24; Halftime score: McLennan 35, Trinity Valley 29; Record: McLennan 7-0.