Polk County’s boys basketball team quickly removed suspense as an element of its home opener on Thursday.
The Wolverines raced to a 20-point lead in the first quarter, doubled that by halftime and cruised to a 79-30 win over Blue Ridge Early College in a non-conference matchup.
Eleven different players scored for Polk County (3-0), which defeated Blue Ridge (0-5) by 40-plus points for the second time in eight days. And while the margin was again significant, Polk head coach Lemont Jones saw facets of play in Thursday’s win that he didn’t see a week ago.
“We took better shots and had the right people in the right spots doing their jobs,” Jones said. “Our point guards (Dominique Carson and Lawson Carter) did a good job calling plays. I’m letting them do that, and they did a good job with that tonight.
“Our goal is to get a little better every day. Hopefully we can keep improving every day. We played hard. We always play hard.”
Kris Littlejohn and Antonio Simpson sparked a Polk first-quarter surge that saw the Wolverines up 18-5 with 3:24 still to go in the period. Polk then closed with a 10-0 run for a 28-5 lead at quarter’s end.
The Wolverines rotated players in and out of the lineup throughout the second quarter, yet continued to pull away. With the Bobcats struggling to score, Polk continued to build the lead and pulled away for a 55-15 margin at the half.
Carson finished with 22 points to lead Polk, with Littlejohn scoring 11 and Simpson adding 10. Mackus Simpson added eight and Wayne Carson had six points.
Landen Bradley and Isaiah Spears each finished with five points for Polk, with Karlen McEntyre and Kanye Staley each scoring four. Vincent Twitty and Brandon West each added two points for Polk.
The Wolverines are back on their home court on Friday, hosting Rosman for a non-conference game that will be shown live on NFHS Network.