WEST HOLMES — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets boys basketball team snapped a four-game skid Friday night in a big way, rolling past Ohio Cardinal Conference foe West Holmes, 60-34.
“Tonight we played with good energy and effort for all four quarters,” Mount Vernon coach Nick Coon said. “We had a nice balanced attack offensively and for the most part, made the correct, unselfish basketball play.”
Blake Meyer, who is still getting used to competing at the varsity level, showed he is adapting quickly in the first quarter, scoring seven points and pushing the Jackets to a 14-8 lead after the first period.
Meyer continued his solid play into the second, tacking on another five to his total. Spencer Bills added six for Mount Vernon, who notched a game-high 19 points in the second quarter. Shane Jones had six points in the second quarter to lead the Knights to 10, but the Jackets held a 33-18 edge at intermission.
Jontey Greene, who was one of two Jackets to score in all four quarters, came alive in the third quarter with eight of the team’s 14 points, with another four coming from Meyer. Garrett Eastep had four points in the third for West Holmes, but only nine points for the home team gave Mount Vernon a 20-point lead, 47-27, with a quarter to go.
The fourth quarter was the lowest scoring for both teams, but five Jackets scored in the period and the team notched 13, led by four from Evan Boatwright. Peyton McKinney collected six of West Holmes’ seven points in the fourth, but the Jackets were able to cruise to the 26-point win.
Meyer led the way for the Jackets, splashing home two 3-pointers and going 2 of 2 at the stripe to finish the game with 16 points. Greene also hit a deep shot on his way to 14 on the night. Noah Gleasson was not far behind, reaching double digits with 10 on the night.
Bills was another Jacket to knock down a shot from behind the arc on his way to six points. Boatwright collected four points, while Connor Fisher, Jaxon Snyder, Trey Grohe and Carson Carpenter combined for the final 10 Mount Vernon points.
Jones led the Knights with 12 points, followed by McKinney’s 10, but those were the only two West Holmes players in double digits. Makhi Johnson and Eastep each had four points, while Jacob Goudy and Josh Shrock each hit a bucket.
“As well as we played offensively, it was our defense that was key,” Coon said. “We did a good job speeding them up and forcing difficult shots.”
The Jackets made it rain from three-point land, knocking down six on the night, and they kept West Holmes scoreless from behind the arc. Both teams attempted 11 freebies on the Knights, and the Knights (8 of 11) shot a better clip (6 of 11) than the Jackets.
The win snaps a skid for the Jackets and puts them at 7-11 on the year with a 4-5 mark in the OCC. Mount Vernon returns to the hardwood on the road Tuesday against Mansfield Senior, starting with freshmen action at 4:30 p.m.
In JV action, Gavin Moyer’s 22 points led the Jackets to a 53-43 win over the Knights.
“Hopefully we can build on this effort heading into next week,” Coon said. “We have a tough trip coming up on Tuesday at Mansfield Sr. We will need to prepare mentally and physically the right way to get ourselves ready to compete.”