NEWARK — There’s no arguing that Kurt Kaufman is coaching a young Mount Vernon team.
Saturday, his team’s youth gave way to the physical play of upperclassmen.
Mount Vernon was pushed around for much of Saturday’s nonconference showdown at Newark. The Wildcats put up a 19-2 run in the second quarter and wasn’t challenged after that as they went on to a 61-48 victory.
“We let them (Newark) do what they wanted to do, offensively,” said Kaufman, “instead of forcing them to be uncomfortable. We got back to what we wanted to do in the second half.”
Mount Vernon’s annual showdown with Newark, which is always a physical one, was actually pretty even throughout the first and fourth periods.
Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, the second and third periods count, too.
Trailing 10-7 at the start of the second, Alex Arck drained a 3-pointer to tie the game.
From that point, it was all Newark.
Jordan Dartis scored 11 points, including two 3s late in the second, to make the score 29-12. He then hit two more treys to help increase the Wildcats’ lead to 46-24 after three quarters.
The lead grew as high as 26 before Mount Vernon mounted a late comeback. The Jackets finished the game on an 18-5 spurt that included 11 points from Austin Springer.
Mount Vernon’s defense wasn’t adequate to stop Newark’s attack. The Wildcats hit shots from all sides, finishing the game going 23-for-42 (54.8 percent) from the field.
Meantime, the Jacket post players were held in check throughout. Arck finished with five points, while Tyler Galbraith had four and Jared Pryor had two.
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