Photo by Bill Davis
Mount Vernon’s Austin Springer goes up for a shot while Olentangy’s Derrick Wyche defends in the second quarter of Friday’s Ohio Capital Conference game. The Yellow Jackets won, 64-56.
MOUNT VERNON — Only six days removed from their last meeting, the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets wanted to erase their memory of the loss to the Olentangy Braves.
And they had to do it without their leading scorer.
With Alex Arck sitting on the bench, the Yellow Jackets stepped up as a group to overwhelm the Braves in the second half of Friday’s rematch. With the help of 23-for-25 shooting from the free-throw line, Mount Vernon was able to earn a 64-56 win in front of the home crowd.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak and leaves the Jackets a half-game ahead of the Braves in the Ohio Capital Conference standings.
“This was really big,” said Mount Vernon head coach Kurt Kaufman. “We’ve been knocking at the door. We’ve been so close for so many games. To come out here and control the game from start to finish — it’s a confidence booster.”
After taking the first period to adjust to Olentangy’s constant full-court press, Mount Vernon was able to control the game. The Jackets fought past the press and were able to find open looks both from the paint and from beyond the arc.
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