Motlow Bucks open season with challenging nationally-ranked road opponents

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The Motlow State Community College Bucks had five players score in double figures Sunday when they traveled to Lebanon and beat the Cumberland University JV 105-61 to earn their first victory of the season.

Motlow (1-1) opened the 2018-19 campaign Thursday with a trip to nationally-ranked John A. Logan College in Illinois, where they dropped a 106-81 decision. The Bucks continue their grueling early season road tests when they travel to Rome, Georgia this weekend. Motlow will face No. 22 Georgia Highlands Friday, then battle USC-Salkhatchie on Saturday.

The Bucks fell behind 20-5 early against the John A. Logan Vols, ranked No. 19 in the NJCAA preseason poll, and were forced to try and play catch-up the rest of the game. Motlow never caught up, trailing 58-35 at halftime.

Sophomore Josh Greer led the Bucks with 21 points while also pulling down six rebounds. Leo Castillo scored 18 points and had seven rebounds, and Josh Endicott also scored in double figures with 12 points and almost had a double-double with nine rebounds.

Bryce McBride scored eight points with two assists, Jarius Key had six points with five rebounds, and Jayvon Humphrey, Jaellan White and Moses Fofana each scored three points. The Bucks only shot 36.5 percent from the field, including 7-27 from behind the three-point line. The Vols were red-hot on their home floor, shooting 59 percent from the field and hitting 13-20 three pointers.

Sunday was a completely different story, with Motlow easily toppling the Cumberland JV after surging to a 56-27 halftime advantage.

Humphrey led the scoring with 19 points, while McBride added 15 by connecting on 5-6 three pointers. Endicott also scored 15 points and added eight rebounds. Nic Barstad hit 3-5 three pointers and scored 13 points with three assists and three rebounds, while Fofana scored 11 and has six assists and five steals. Key added nine points and seven rebounds and Lacey scored eight with seven boards.

Following their weekend trip to Georgia, the Bucks will finally play at home when they open TCCAA conference play by hosting Jackson State at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, then welcoming Columbia State the following day at 2 p.m.