MOUNT VERNON — With the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets, you never know who’s going to step up.
It was Alex Arck’s turn on Tuesday.
The junior hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 35 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 67-45 home victory over the Clear Fork Colts in nonconference boys basketball at The Hive.
Arck’s early surge gave the Yellow Jackets a lead they would not surrender. He scored Mount Vernon’s first 11 points to help build an early five-point lead. By the time he hit his fifth 3-pointer — with less than a minute remaining in the first period — Arck had scored 19 of his team’s 25 points.
“Arck had the hot hand,” said Mount Vernon head coach Kurt Kaufman. “The whole team had an energy when we came out.”
With a 25-10 lead heading into the second, the Colts adjusted to double- and triple-team Arck the rest of the way. The new look on defense held Arck to just two baskets over the next two periods. But he finished his scoring with back-to-back 3’s midway through the fourth period that put the game away.
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