WARNER — The Connors State Cowboys took up right where they left off before the Thanksgiving break with a 112-52 rout of visiting Central Baptist College Junior Varsity Monday night at Melvin Self Field House.
Connors takes an 11-0 record, and No. 21 NJCAA ranking to Bethany today to play Southwestern Christian JV with a 7 p.m. tip off.
“I didn’t think our overall effort was great, “especially the first half,” said Cowboys coach Bill Muse. “But we were able to still win big. We doubled the score on them.
“So it’s hard to complain. We just have to play harder all the way through.”
All 10 Cowboys scored against the Mustangs. Jarquavious Cain led the Cowboys’ offensive explosion with 18 points.
It was the sixth time Connors has hit or eclipsed the century mark this season.
“Coming off the Thanksgiving break, and the emotional game we had (Eastern State 122-114 overtime victory), I knew we would be a little sluggish,” said Muse. “Now we have to get through the next one (Tuesday).”
Trailing Cain in the scoring column was Daylon Tanksley and Jahcoree Ealy with 14 points each, with Callen Haydon, Gabriel Hornsby contributing 13 points each. Jordan Graham added another 12 in the one-sided affair.
Cowboys cruised to a 49-27 lead at the half with Ealy leading the offensive assault with 12 points.
Connors opened the second half on a 16-2 run for a 65-29 advantage to up its lead to 36 points with15:56 remaining.
Muse said he saw some improvements in his club, but he admitted “it had to do with the competition.”
“We held them to 52 points and only five treys and that’s a big improvement over our last game.”
It was all over at that stage of the game as the Cowboys steadily marched toward the century mark.
Jace Jordan, who finished with nine points, scored on a drive to the bucket with 3:22 left and was fouled to make it 99-47. Jordan then drained the free throw to hit the century mark.
Following a Mustang basket, Tanksley hit a 10-foot jumper to put the Cowboys over the century mark for a 102-48 Connors lead.
Connors jumped out to a 4-0 lead to open the game and then went on a 16-5 run for a 20-5 advantage with 13:20 left in the half.
The Mustangs were never able to recover as Connors held it largest mark of the half, 49-24, just before the half ended.
Brandon El-Amin led the Mustangs’ scoring with 13 points with Isaimh Patterson adding 10 more.