FARMERS BRANCH, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana has a lot of new faces on its basketball roster for the 2020-21 season. One familiar face belongs to Pleasant Grove graduate Connor Ouellette.
The Eagles’ 6-4 guard has played a huge role in Texarkana’s 4-0 start this season, including Monday night’s 112-68 rout over Dallas Christian College. Ouellette hit six treys and scored 23 points, with 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes of action.
The Eagles’ other four starters are all college transfers. Junior guard Kobe Powell was the winner’s leading scorer with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. A native of Memphis, Powell swished three treys and was 11 of 11 from the free throw line. Sophomore Jonathan Bentley scored 14 points against the outmanned Crusaders, while Marquis Waller added 11 points.
Dallas Christian led only once in the game. That came on a 3-pointer by Elijah Barth with 18:53 left in the first half. Bentley answered 17 seconds later with a trey to tie at 3-3. During the next 60 seconds Bentley added another trey, and Powell netted two bombs to make it 12-3.
Ouellette sparks second half run
Texarkana coach Ryan Wall used all nine of his players early. They all scored at least 6 points. The Eagles led 55-32 at halftime, pulling away in the final half when Ouellette ignited a run with a 3-pointer. A&M-Texarkana converted 18 of 39 from 3-point range, while good on 32 of 37 free throws.
Wall was pleased with the win, but unhappy with his team’s discipline during a brief altercation that resulted in three technicals fouls, two on the Eagles.
The second half was a replay of the first 20 minutes. The Eagles’ biggest lead was 46.
Six-foot-8 junior Davonte Craven scored 8 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Ike Durham and Darrion Chatman came off the bench to score 9 points each. Trey Hartfield and Chris Black added 6 points each off the bench.
Reggie Daniels and Barth led the Crusaders’ scoring with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
A&M-Texarkana dominated the glass, 43-27, and forced 33 turnovers. The Eagles had 19 turnovers.