CALGARY, Alberta – Senior forward LaRon Dendy collected his second-straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Middle Tennessee men’s basketball team cruised to a 90-48 victory over the Ranger All-Stars on Thursday afternoon in the Battle of the Border tournament at Calgary’s Jackson Simpson Gym.
Junior forward Jason Jones has reached double figures in all three games of the Canadian tournament for the Blue Raiders.
The Ranger All-Stars is a spring league team comprised of former university players in the Calgary area.
“I thought we had tremendous energy in the first five minutes of the game,” head coach Kermit Davis said. “LaRon continues to play with a lot of effort and energy, so that’s really encouraging.”
Junior forwards JT Sulton and Jason Jones each reached double figures for the third straight game. Sulton scored 13 while Jones tacked on 10. Junior transfer Bruce Massey also had 10.
Davis also was pleased with the contributions from another pair of newcomers.
“We had solid production out of Julian (Edmonson) with nine points and Jacquez (Rozier) with six boards,” Davis said. “Eleven guys played double figure minutes, so this trip has been great for our coaching staff to be able to evaluate a bunch of different areas.”
Raymond Cintron, another new face on this year’s Blue Raider squad, added eight points to go along with four assists and three steals.
Defensively, the Blue Raiders held the All-Stars to just 27 percent shooting while hitting 48 percent of their own shots, including 40 percent from beyond the arc.
MT will head into its final contest of the trip a little banged up, however. Junior guard James Gallman suffered a slight concussion early in the game and will not play in the nightcap against Alberta at 9 p.m. CT. Sophomore guard Kerry Hammonds (ankle) and senior guard Jimmy Oden (heel) are also doubtful for Thursday night’s game.
“It’s going to be a quick turnaround for us tonight, especially with three perimeter players missing,” Davis said. “We look forward to seeing the endurance and toughness of this team.”