Highlanders continue strong start

Boys varsity basketball extends win streak


Nicky Varela

Matias Prock hits go ahead floater against Westfield Friday Dec. 7.

Jack Shields and Nicky Varela

The Highlanders continued a solid start to the varsity boys basketball season this week with back-to-back wins over Westfield and Centreville. The boys have now won four games in a row after starting the season with back-to-back losses, currently content with a record of 4-2.

Friday featured a 57-52 home win over Westfield. Shooting guard Matias Prock led the game in scoring for the Highlanders by racking up 25 points, adding three rebounds and a steal to his impressive statline. The Highlanders trailed by a single point with just a minute left on the game, but a late run fueled by Prock who hit the go ahead floater.

“I was just excited, it’s always more fun playing in close games like that,” Prock said.

The Highlanders added to their win streak last night against Centreville, winning 55-40 in a dominant performance on the road.

“[The Centreville game] was a great team win, we decimated one of the best teams in the region and it shows to how hard we’ve been working,” said junior Randy Shephard, varsity basketball player. “We’re definitely riding high on confidence but we know we have to continue working hard and get better.”

The impressive start to the Highlanders’ season has been contingent on strong defensive performances, and so far their overall game plan has served to consistently earn wins.

“So far our defense has been really good and we can keep working on taking care of the ball,” Prock said. “We plan to just keep playing how we’re playing already… We just have to keep executing gameplans.”

Strong early performances to start the season has boosted confidence at McLean, and expectations increasing by day.

“The sky is the limit with this team. I’m very confident we’re one of the best teams in the region, all we have to do is stay focused and take it one game at a time,” Shephard said.

The Highlander boys will look to continue their success next Tuesday at home against Madison.