The McLennan Highlanders defeated the Eastfield Harvesters 70-65 Monday in Mesquite.
MCC opened the game on a 6-0 run. Eastfield responded with an 11-0 run in the next four minutes to take the 11-6 lead. The Harvesters extended the lead to 10 but the Highlanders fought back, taking the 28-27 lead into the break.
The two teams traded baskets until the midway point of the second half when MCC began to pull away. The Highlanders built a 10-point lead with 3:28 to go in the game. Eastfield cut the lead to five multiple times down the stretch but was unable to pull any closer.
Devonse Reed led MCC with 13 points and Tevin Hanner scored 12.
The Highlanders will return to the court on Jan. 3, hosting Richland at 7 p.m.