For the second time this season the Barton Community College men’s basketball team put up historic numbers against a junior varsity team as the Cougars outgunned McPherson College 146-69 Tuesday night at the Barton Gym. Having one week prior putting up a seventy-five point margin against the Sterling College Junior Varsity, Barton put up seventy-plus points each half totaling its second highest outburst in Cougar history in recording the largest margin of victory since the 2007 squad’s season opener. Barton also drained its third most three-pointers in school history as the bench accounted for thirteen of the seventeen made shots as the Cougars shot a sixth best 48.6% from beyond the arc. Additionally, Barton also recorded the second highest field goals made with fifty-eight while shooting an equally impressive second best .667 overall.
Seven Cougars reached double figure scoring as all Barton players contributed to the scoring column. Catalyst Ahmad Walker scored nineteen of his season high twenty-five points in the first half while also dishing out a team high seven assists and five steals to go along with six rebounds to tie for team high rebound honors. Tyron Hamby added a career high twenty-one while Kenny Enoch scored sixteen. Jordan Windholz came off the bench to drop a career high fifteen on 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, Jalin Barnes added fourteen, and Tyrone Acuff scored nine of his thirteen points in first half action. Adding to the seventy points coming off the Barton bench, Khalil Gracey scored twelve while Cody Holthaus was one off his career mark finishing with eleven but tying for team high rebound honors with Walker in grabbing a career high six boards.
McPherson placed four players in double-digit scoring being led by the twenty-two point effort by Ramon Martinez. Latron Jolly scored fourteen with a team high six rebounds, Carson Clay added ten, and Kyle Bowers came off the bench to score twelve.
Barton will need to keep the shooting hot as the competition tightens up this weekend as the Cougars host the Best Western Angus Inn and Cougar Booster Club Thanksgiving Classic taking place on Friday and Saturday. The Cougars open up play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Independence Community College followed by Saturday’s contest against Cowley College. Friday’s 3:00 p.m. afternoon men’s game features Cowley looking for the upset of Division II No. 13 Brown Mackie College.
On the women’s side of the Classic, No. 9 ranked Butler Community College and Independence Community College will square off in the opener at 1:00 p.m. with the Lady Cougars taking on Otero Junior College at 5:30 p.m. in a rematch of the team’s overtime battle November 15 in La Junta, Colorado, in which Barton escaped with the 91-88 win.
For more information and complete schedule of the Best Western Angus Inn and Cougar Booster Club Thanksgiving Classic, visit www.BartonSports.com.