POTOMAC — The scene had all the trappings of a heated Interstate Athletic Conference rivalry.
Before an overflow crowd, Bullis senior point guard Vado Morse scored a game-high 19 points Friday to lead the Bulldogs to a 61-50 victory over Landon on Senior Night at Bullis Athletic Center.
“It was a good team win,” said Morse. “A good team performance.”
Morse said he wanted to impress the crowd and put on a show in front of the audience.
“I had a slow start at the beginning of the first half and I knew that I had to pick it up to get momentum for my team so I tried to do that the second half,” he said.
Bullis led by one point at halftime and held a 39-34 advantage entering the fourth quarter before Morse erupted for 10 points in the final stanza.
“What he’s done all year long,” said Bullis head coach Bruce Kelley, “is the ability to make plays.”
Morse, a Mount St. Mary’s recruit, scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and converted all six of his free throws to spur the Bulldogs to victory.
“Vado is a great player,” added fellow Bullis senior Lincoln Yeutter, who finished with eleven points. “He gives us so much spark all the time.”
Bullis also honored Jake Ward, Niles McCoy, Lewis Wilson and Watara Mountari on Senior Night and received contributions from juniors Kolin Lewis and Nendeh Tarke who each finished with nine points against the Bears.
Bullis juniors C.J. Amsellem, a 6-foot-7 forward, finished with five points and Phillip Smith, a 6-foot-4 swingman, added four points in the win.
Meanwhile, Landon was led by sophomore point guard Canin Reynolds who scored a team-high 13 points along with seniors Miles Davis who finished with 12 points and Justin Patterson who scored 10 points for the Bears.
The win over Landon gives the Bulldogs some momentum and catapults them into the driver’s seat heading into the Interstate Athletic Conference playoffs.
“We really needed this win for the IAC standings,” said Yeutter.