Cougars Close Out Fall Games with Three Wins

Ikem Okeke-Oraeki and Jordan Wallace run the floor against Concordia University JV.

The Collin Cougars closed out the fall portion of their season with a trio of wins at home and have just one spring game before conference play begins.

The Collin men's 109-80 win over the Concordia College JV on Dec. 12 (photos) started out a lot closer than the final score indicates. The teams traded three-pointers to start the game and Concordia used the long ball to go up by 12 points in the game's early minutes. 

Collin adjusted quickly, helped by foul trouble from Concordia, and closed the gap by the eight-minute mark. From that point on, the game was all Collin College. The Cougars built its advantage to double digits and never allowed Concordia to climb within 5 points of retaking the lead. 

Scoring was led by Nighel Ceaser with 24 points, 12 rebounds and two steals. Tajzmel Sherman followed with 19 points, 10 assists and a pair of steals. Overall, the team had a 59.5 percent field goal percentage and went 9-27 from beyond the arc.

Earlier in the week, Collin defeated Cedar Valley College 81-56 and Mountain View College 96-46. Sherman led scoring in the CVC game with 28, followed by Mason Hix with 11 and Lamont Simmons with 9. Ryan Flores had four steals in the game. 

Sherman and Simmons were the top scores in the Cougars' game against Mountain View as well, putting up 20 and 17 points respectively. Hix and Timothy Denton both had 12 and River Reed had 11, rounding out double-digit scorers. 

The Cougars will pick up play on Jan. 3, when they host the Paul Quinn junior varsity squad at home. Conference play in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference begins with Ranger College, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. 

The Lady Cougars play Ranger in Plano the same night at 5:30 p.m., but have two away tournament games to start the spring portion of the season.  The team has a pair of games at the McClennan Community College Classic in Waco, Jan. 2-3.