LEXINGTON — You wouldn’t know it by the score, but Mount Vernon clinched a tie for the Ohio Cardinal Conference championship on Friday night. Host Lexington, however, prevented the Yellow Jackets from clinching outright, and earned a share of the OCC crown with a 68-39 victory.
“Credit to Lexington for tonight,” Mount Vernon head coach Nick Coon said. “They played with great passion and energy on their Senior Night. They played like a team that wanted to share the league championship. Their size and physicality hurt us, especially on the offensive boards. They played with confidence and things kind of snowballed in the second half.”
Mount Vernon (15-6, 9-3) starters scored 23 points on the night, and the team’s leading scorer was Malik Hatcher with nine points off the bench. Starters Tyler Bills and Kaden Daniels each posted seven points, and Cole Rapp added five points. Collin Barteau did not make a field goal, going 4 of 4 at the free-throw line for four points. Jeffrey Rucker was held without a point after struggling through foul trouble.
The Minutemen (17-5, 9-3) had four players with as many as nine points, topped by Cade Stover with 18 points. Ben Vore tallied 16 points, Josh Aiello recorded 11 points and Kyle Johnston collected nine points. Bryant Givand finished with seven points.