MOUNT VERNON — If Tuesday’s season opener is any indication, a ticket to a Mount Vernon boys basketball game may provide the best entertainment value for your dollar in Knox County.
The Yellow Jackets erased a 19-point second-half deficit by outscoring Marion Harding, 32-11, in the final 11 minutes of Tuesday’s game at The Hive. By the time the 64-56 final was posted on the scoreboard, the Presidents appeared stunned. The Jackets — and their fans — were elated.
“I love the crowd,” said sophomore guard Austin Springer, who scored 16 points in his first varsity game. “It gets me pumped up. Our bench was hyped up, too.”
Springer led the fourth-quarter charge, scoring nine points and grabbing three rebounds. He hit a 3-pointer with four minutes remaining to break a 48-all tie, then hit consecutive field goals with under 2 1/2 minutes remaining to give Mount Vernon a 58-52 lead.
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