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The Kansan - Newton, KS
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  • HESSTON — The Hesston College men’s basketball team edged Highland Community College 86-84 Tuesday in NJCAA Division II, Region VI play in Hesston. The Larks led 33-31 at the half. Hesston led by as many as 14 in the first half. Highland led by as many as seven in the second half. Back-to-back treys by Pierre Zook put Hesston up 80-77 with 1:23 remaining. Zook led Hesston with 22 points, followed by William Barnes with 19, Mahlon Jones with 13 and Tra Smoot with 13 points. Jaleni Neely led Highland with 28 points, followed by Martell Collins with 20 and James Walker with 13. Highland falls to 6-4, 0-3 in Region VI play. Hesston is 7-5, 2-2 in Region VI play. Hesston ends the calendar year at 4 p.m. Saturday at Allen County Community College.HIGHLAND CC (6-4, 0-3 Region VI) — Smith 4-9 0-2 8, Young 0-5 2-2 2, Neely 6-19 6-6 28, Melvin 0-0 0-0 0, Fulz 3-4 2-3 8, Funderburke 0-0 2-2 2, Ellis 0-4 0-0 0, King 1-3 1-1 3, Walker 6-11 1-2 13, Collins 7-14 5-8 20, TOTALS 30-67 19-26 84. HESSTON (7-5, 2-2 Region VI) — Jones 5-11 3-5 13, Roth 0-0 0-0 0, Gingeroch 0-1 0-0 0, Santiago 2-9 0-0 6, Barnes 4-16 9-14 19, Zook 6-11 7-8 22, Palmer 2-3 2-4 6, Smoot 4-4 3-3 13, Patterson 3-7 1-3 7, TOTALS 26-62 25-38 86. Highland 31 53 —84 Hesston 33 53 —86 Total fouls — Highland 27, Hesston 21. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — Highland: Smith. Hesston: Smoot. 3-point shooting — Highland 5-18 (Young 0-1, Neely 4-7, Waterman 0-1, Ellis 0-3, King 0-1, Walker 0-1, Collins 1-4), Hesston 9-21 (Jones 0-1, Gingerich 0-1, Santiago 2-8, Barnes 2-3, Zook 3-6, Smoot 2-2). Rebounds — Highland 30 (Walker 9), Hesston 29 (Patterson 8). Assists — Highland 4 (Collins 2), Hesston 14 (Smoot 5). Turnovers — Highland 20 (Collins 5), Hesston 15 (Barnes 4). Blocked shots — Highland 1 (Walker 1), Hesston 5 (Smoot 5). Steals — Highland 6 (Smith 2), Hesston 8 (Smoot 3).   
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