MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets are slowly falling into a tailspin.
But on Wednesday, by sheer guts and determination, they nearly climbed out of it.
After holding the lead for much of the first half against Olentangy Orange in Wednesday’s Ohio Capital Conferene game, the Pioneers took it back with seconds to go before the break. They later held off a furious Yellow Jacket surge to claim a 53-50 victory at The Hive in a game postponed from Tuesday due to weather.
“I thought our kids had a great effort tonight,” said Mount Vernon head coach Kurt Kaufman. “We didn’t always execute perfectly. We didn’t make every shot. But our kids didn’t give up. Our kids supported each other, and our kids played hard.
The Jackets trailed, 49-37, with 2:56 left to play, and fans started heading for the exits. But a pair of buckets by Alex Arck, a steal and a score from Greg Dennis, and a pass from Alex Glibert to Chastin Peppers for another score brought it to 49-46 with 52 seconds left.
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