The Blevins Hornets showcased a productive victory over their rivals' Bradley Bears 73-48 last Thursday night in their season home-opener for basketball action at the Imon G. Brown Gymnasium.

The Blevins Hornets showcased a productive victory over their rivals' Bradley Bears 73-48 last Thursday night in their season home-opener for basketball action at the Imon G. Brown Gymnasium.

The Bears kept it close early in first half action, but the Hornets stepped their level of play up in the second half led by big man Zane Kirkham and Deandre Burton both scoring 18 points apiece to lift the Hornets to a 25 point victory for a 2-0 overall record start for Blevins.

In first quarter action, the Hornets sparked to a 7-0 advantage with Kirkham and Cameron Lane providing the scoring for Blevins to the 5:33 mark. Bradley stopped the run to final score at the 5:20 mark, but a steal by Lane in the open court taking it all the way to the basket brought the Hornet lead to 9-2.

Bradley answered back with baskets, but Kirkham scored back to back to put Blevins up 13-6 with only four second left to play in the first quarter. Bradley nailed a buzzer beater trifecta from behind the arc to close their deficit and trailed the Hornets 13-9 to end first period play.

In the second quarter, Bradley out-scored the Hornets 13-12, but Blevins held a slight three point lead over the Bears, 25-22 at the break.

In the third quarter, the Hornets created breathing room to drop 23 points in the basket with Bradley posting 15 points, but Blevins took a 48-37 lead into the fourth period.

In the fourth, the Hornets sailed away led by Burton opening the period draining a trifecta (three-pointer) from behind the arc that led a scoring spree for Blevins to extend their margin and lead of Bradley. Burton knocked down two trey's in the fourth to post 14 of his 18 points against the Bears. Kirkham, Dylan Fulton and Lane each scored field goals for points that accounted for Blevins' 25 points in the fourth quarter. Bradley managed 11 points scored in the final period.

For the game, Hornets' Lane scored 10 points for double-figures, Monterian Todd added five points, Ernan Gomez had four points, Fulton and Corta Young each finished with two points apiece. For Bradley, A.J. Taylor led all scorers with 22 points and D.J. Taylor had 12 points for double-figures.

This week, the Hornets will travel on the road for action against Ouachita Warriors and the Nevada Blue Jays for hoops. Blevins return home for hoops on Monday Oct. 30 hosting Taylor at the Imon G. Brown Gymnasium.