MOUNT VERNON — It may be called The Hive, but for an hour and a half on Friday night, Mount Vernon’s high school gym became the Pacers’ playground.
The Yellow Jackets were held to no more than eight points in any period as they fell to their rivals from Delaware Hayes, 53-30, in their second home loss of the year.
It was Mount Vernon’s fourth straight loss to Hayes, by an average margin of 22.3 points.
“We have to work on things,” said Mount Vernon head coach Kurt Kaufman. “We’re not going to get this game back. We have to erase this from our memory.”
The Pacers exploded to an insurmountable lead in the third quarter. Ahead by three at the break, Hayes had runs of 11-2 and 8-0 to build a 17-point lead, 39-22, by the end of the period.
It started in the opening seconds of the half, when Hayes’ Khalil Iverson took an inbounds pass and dunked over two Mount Vernon defenders.
It was downhill from there for the Yellow Jackets.
Iverson went on to have four dunks in the second half. He finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs. Iverson was closely guarded by Tyler Galbraith and Eric Leprotti for most of the game, but Iverson, listed at 6-foot-4, played well above that. He took lobbing passes from anywhere on the court and never missed a fingertip catch.
Iverson, a junior, has been honing his skills at such tournaments as the Nike Super Sixteen and the All-Ohio City Series. Several scouting reports already list him among the top 10 forwards in the state, despite being a year younger than many on the list.
“We tried to pressure (Iverson), to keep him from touching the ball,” said Kaufman. “They went to him back side a lot.”
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