Basketball Teams Pick Up Wins To Start Season

Skye Dugan and John Achebe, Collin College Fall 2021
Photos by KIRK DICKEY

Collin College's men's and women's basketball teams opened the 2021-2022 season with wins at home and on the road.

The men's team posted blowouts against the Texas Wesleyan JV and Southwest Assemblies of God University (SAGU) JV, scoring in the triple digits in both contests. The team had a closer game with Dallas College – Richland, winning 77-64 on the road.

The women's team picked up a pair of Ws to kick off the season against Dallas College – Cedar Valley and Colby Community College, which traveled from Kansas. The Lady Cougars had their first loss of the year versus Murray State College on Nov. 9.

The Cougars put up a 103-58 win over Texas Wesleyan, playing tough defense and building on takeaways to score. The team forced multiple turnovers including nine steals. Ben Joelson led scoring with 14 points, but every member of the team got on the board. Other leaders were Lav Cvetkovic with 14 points and Orion Virden with 12 points.

Cvetkovic led scoring in the Cougars' 109-54 win over SAGU. Again, turnovers were a big part of Collin's success, with 16 steals fueling the offense. Alex Stoimenov led steals with five, although Virden and John Achebe both had three each. Top scorers joining Cvetkovic were Achebe and Dustin Hudak, each of whom had 15 points.

Virden sank five three-pointers and led overall scoring with 17 in Collin's 77-64 win over Richland's Thunderducks. Thai Elder followed with 16 points. Achebe and Stoimenov each had 12 points. Achebe also had three of the team's seven steals. The Cougars led throughout despite a second half rally by Richland.

The Lady Cougars started the season on the road with an 84-55 win over Cedar Valley. Dustie Obah led the team in scoring with 14 points, including two of Collin's three pointers. She was followed by Adamari Waddell and Nikki Green, both of whom had 13 points. The Lady Cougars outscored Cedar Valley in all quarters save the third, when the Lady Suns made a strong push. Collin locked them down in the fourth quarter 19-8 to secure the win. 

Collin's women also picked up a very physical 62-55 win over Colby Community College. The Lady Cougars took an early lead, stretching it to 14 points early in the third quarter. Colby pushed in the second half and closed to within seven points by the game's close, earning a pair of technical fouls in the process. Green led scoring with 18 points followed by Skye Dugan with 16. Caroline Glud Rasmussen rounded out the top three scorers for Collin with 10 points. Anjanae Mueck had five blocks in the game.

The Lady Cougars' first loss of the season was 85-80 to Murray State College in Oklahoma, despite a 26-point performance by Dugan. The teams were fairly balanced in scoring in the first half, but Murray State pulled ahead by 13 in the third quarter. While Collin was able to bounce back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Aggies by 10 points, Murray State held on for the win. Obah and Green were the other top scorers for Collin with 16 and 14 points respectively.