By Don Wallace

sports@jacksonvilleprogress.com

From the very start it was a one-sided basketball game; then it got worse — or better, depending on your perspective.

The Lon Morris Bearcats erupted for points all over the gym and rolled their season record to 2-0 with a 97-51 home win over Montgomery College.

All LMC players scored in the win Tuesday before a spirited crowd at the Vivian and Bob Smith Gym. Four players hit in double figures for the Bearcats.

“We played a lot of people, but we are going to do that. We didn’t just play them to play them,” Dale Dotson, LMC head coach said. “We were really good early in the first half. Then we got the big lead and got a little sloppy.

“You have to keep your focus and play at a high level and we did not do that for the entire game,” Dotson said. “But I did see some good things. We handled the ball well, we passed it like we should. Montgomery changed defenses on us a couple of times and we adjusted well.”

Lon Morris came out on fire and had a 10-point lead at 12-2 before five minutes had elapsed from the game clock. Ridas Pulkauninkas, a freshman from Lithuania, popped the net with a 3-pointer while Derrick Moore scored in the paint, then seconds later turned a steal into a rim-rattling slam.

The Montgomery stars were not feeling so stellar and had to call a time out at the 14:07 mark, trailing 14-2.

Pulkauninkas hit a 3-pointer from the corner and Michael Marsh scored. Halfway through the opening half the Bearcats were ahead by a 22-7 margin.

The visitors had trouble scoring with Lon Morris cutting off passing lanes and rebounding well.

The LMC lead went to 34-9 following another hot streak which include a 3-pointer from Pulkauninkas and points in the lane from Moore, Eugene Davis and Mirza Ahmetbasic.

Lance Murphy came off the bench and joined in the scoring parade with a 3-pointer. Moore added a soft floating one-handed shot in the lane.

The first half ended with LMC in command, holding a 50-23 lead.

The second half for the Bearcats began with an alley oop pass to Moore for an easy bucket. Michael Morris scored on a put-back, nabbing a rebound near the baseline and scoring with ease.

Lon Morris continued to substitute freely and went on to win by the final of 97-51.

Moore led all Bearcats with 18 points. Pulkauninkas had 14 with four 3-pointers and Ahmetbasic tossed in 12 with two 3-pointers; Other Bearcats scorers were Michael Marsh, 10; Murphy, 9; Mark Dorsey, 8; Davis and Robert Broderick, 7 each; Vincent Talbot, 2; and Freyser Mena, 1.

“We’re 2-0, but these are home games. Now we’re about to go on the road and some of these fellows haven’t done that before,” Dostons said.

Lon Morris will play at Weatherford College Thursday.

The LMC men host the Stephen F. Austin State University Club team at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

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