The Panola College faithful had already seen Cameron Carson shoot from long distance in the Ponies’ season opener.
Tuesday night in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium, he put up another impressive performance against the East Texas Baptist JV.
The freshman from Garland hit 10 3-pointers on the way to a season-high 35 points as the Ponies trounced ETBU JV 110-47.
The first time the two teams played, Carson came off the bench to hit seven 3’s in a 24-point night.
“He had another good shooting game,” Coach Aaron Smith said of Carson. “I think he had 26 at the half. The game was out of hand at that point, so we just finished it up and started getting ready for what’s coming up.”
The 13th-ranked Ponies are now 7-1 on the season and host two very big games over the weekend.
Jacksonville College comes to town on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game that will open the Region XIV part of the schedule.
On Monday night, top-ranked Ranger College will be the opponent as the Ponies try to show they can become a contender on the national stage — they have already beaten three ranked opponents.
Smith also coached Jacksonville for the past four seasons, adding another dimension to the game.
“I’m glad they’re coming here,” he said. “It would have made it that much tougher being at their place. Either place, they’re going to be ready to take it to us. We have to be locked in, execute our game plan and be ready for a fight.
“Playing them to start the league games will bring it up a notch. We have 19 of them and every single one counts.”
Besides being ranked No. 1, Ranger is coached by Billy Gillespie, who coached at the Division I level at UTEP, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Texas Tech, winning Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in 2005 and 2007.
“His group is tough,” Smith said, “and we’re banked up right now. This isn’t a conference game, but anytime you play No. 1 in the nation and play them on your home court, it’s a great opportunity.”
Against ETBU, the Ponies never had much trouble, building up a comfortable 62-18 halftime lead. They outscored the visitors 48-29 in the second half.
Christopher Cooley was next in scoring with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Aaron Gedeon had a double-double wth 15 points and 10 rebounds, Jermaine Dewey had 11 points and eight rebounds and Kamari Brown had 10 points.
Also, Donovan James had eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals and Davien Sanders had nine points, six rebounds and five assists.