Boys Freshman Basketball
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The only suspense left at the end of the McLean-Marshall boys freshman basketball game Tuesday was whether reserve Highlander guard Latyr Thiaw could get his first points of the season in the game’s closing seconds. With 10 teammates on the bench pining for a basket, he got his chance on the final possessing, knifing through the Statesman defense with a soft, running bank shot as time expired to cap off a convincing 73-40 win for the Highlanders. 11 different McLean players got into the scoring column in the win over their rivals from Route 7.
The win puts McLean at 2-0 on the young season, with a big test waiting for them Friday at Westfield. That game will tip at 4:30 pm.
McLean struck quickly at the outset, getting a stick back layup from Ethan Hale (11 points), a 3-pointer from Aaron Bremser (15 points), and a steal and layup from Zaven Malik (13 points, 4 steals). The Highlander defense rarely gave up second shots, and their quick-strike offense helped them race to a 16-2 leader after one quarter.
Point guard Jaz Bisset was his usual efficient and play-making self, chipping in with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while shooting guard Lucius Overby had 8 points, 6 rebound and 4 steals.
The third quarter was even more dominant, with Malik leading the way on both ends. McLean scored 25 points in the quarter and had leads of over 30 points. Anwar Molleur had a strong fourth quarter with 6 points, while Ivan Maric, Charlie Poole, Andy Min, and Khari Kingslow were strong off the bench throughout the night. Poole and Kingslow were lockdown defenders inside, while Min and Maric continue to give the Highlanders strong depth on the perimeter. Overall McLean got 20 points from its reserves.