The Mammoth Spring Bears opened the annual Lyon College Invitational Tournament as if on a mission, pushing past the Melbourne Bearkatz 64-37 on Dec. 3 at Becknell Gymnasium in Batesville.
The Bears just had too much firepower for Melbourne in this one, as Mammoth Spring nabbed an early lead and cruised from there.
Midway into the first period, Mammoth Spring had forged a 15-0 lead.
Houston Cooper (15 points) started the game off with a pair of free throws, followed a couple of charity tosses from Garrett Wooldridge (14 points) and a hoop by Wayne Coffey (four points).
Cooper then hit a triple and Mason Brown knocked down two quick buckets to give the Bears a 15-0 advanctge.
Brown led all scorers with 17 points on the afternoon.
Cody Goodman (15 points) stopped the Bears' run with Melbourne's first hoop of the game at the 3:38 point of the first.
Kyler McLaughlin (13 points) and Levi Cooper hit buckets for the Katz in the last two minutes of the first, but Mammoth Spring took a commanding 21-8 lead after one.
The Bears opened the second with a 10-1 burst to build their margin to 31-9.
Melbourne went on an 8-0 run, keyed by a trey and hoop in the paint from McLaughlin, but the Bears still remained in front 31-17 at intermission.
Outscoring the Bearkatz 14-6 in the third, Mammoth Spring extended its lead to 45-23 after three.
Tyler Mullins finished with five points for the Bears, while Jody Busch and Matt Turnbough had three points apiece. A.J. Smith added two and Craig Hoover one for Mammoth Spring.
Kenny Stroud tallied five points for Melbourne, with Wil Dowdle logging two points.