BENTON, Ill. — Mt. Carmel shook off the after-effects of a draining overtime loss to Jasper, Ind. on Friday night less than 16 hours later with a 65-46 triumph over Hamilton County at the Rich Herrin Shootout on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Aces jumped to a 23-10 lead at the end of the first-quarter and cruised in from there.
“It was good to get back in the win column,” said Aces coach Tyler Buss about the win which snapped a two-game losing streak. “It’s tough to play back-to-back like that. Maybe we got a little tired in the second half. But I’m proud we did what we had to do to come out with a win.”
The Levi Laws-to-Reece Metaclf scoring machine returned to form after being stymied most of the night against Jasper.
Metcalf scored 25 points to lead Mt. Carmel (16-7). Laws, when not delivering the goods to others, added 10 points himself.
C.J. Diel dominated Mc Leansboro (6-17) inside, adding 13 points.
“We knew we needed to go through the post, whether it be off the dribble of not,” Buss said.
“Playing our second game in 16 hours, your legs might not be there for jump shots, but we thought we could get to the free throw line if we got the ball inside.”
Hamilton County got 13 points from Nathan Anselment, 11 from Travis Stevens and 10 points from Balee Gay.
• Friday night in Jasper, Mt. Carmel fell in overtime, 58-56, when Wildcat freshman Tyler Nottingham scored on a backside layup with one second left to win the Big 8 Conference game.
Riley Raber tied the game with a 3-pointer at 56-all, after he had hit a 3-ball to force the overtime at 49-49.
“That was a tough one. That was right there for us,” Buss said. “We know we’re going to play in a lot of games like this coming down the stretch.”
Buss said “we lost this thing coming out of halftime,” referencing a six-point Jasper surge, all from Rhiley Eckert, that put the hosts up, 44-38.
On Nottingham’s game-winner, Buss said “we just didn’t get the right cover on the ball screen. Give them credit.”
The Aces had 1.1 seconds left to go the full length of the court, but couldn’t get a shot away.
Diel’s 21 points led the way for Mt. Carmel (1-3 in Big 8 play). Raber added 14, and Reece Metcalf 11. Jasper (7-7, 4-0 in Big 8) got 12 points from Nolan Ahrens and Eckert with 12 points each.
Jasper won the junior varsity game, 66-44.