Mt. Carmel outscored Evansville Day, 18-7, in the second quarter to take control of a non-conference game the Golden Aces eventually won, 66-50, Tuesday at the Hilltop.
Before the games, seniors for not only the basketball team, but the wrestling team, cheerleaders and Singing Seven were honored before the game.
“It was a fun night, and good to get our seniors out of here with a regular season win,” said Mt. Carmel coach Tyler Buss of his Aces who will play on the home court again in the Class 2A regional tournament they host beginning on Feb. 24. “It was not so emotional because we know we’ll be back here.”
With Will Stevens hot early on his way to a game-high 31-point night, the Day Eagles trailed only 16-14 at the end of the first quarter.
A 14-3 run at the beginning of the second quarter put Mt. Carmel (17-7) in control, 30-17.
The Aces, in sweeping the series between the two, were led by Reece Metcalf with 19 points.
It was announced before the game that Metcalf has committed to play football next year at McKendree. A formal signing ceremony is tentatively planned for next week.
Thomas Allen blistered the nets from beyond the arc line with four first-half 3-points, the bulk of his 14 points.
“When he’s running the floor and he’s ready for transition and is locked and loaded, I’ll take his shooting against anybody,” said Buss of Allen’s output.
The game became a physical encounter much like the first meeting last month in Evansville.
Buss was concerned about how Day (6-9) interpreted the matchup.
“I think they have it in their mind that we’re a football school. I think it’s premeditated that they think it’s going to be a physical game,” Buss said. “I didn’t mind anything until the word ‘dirty’ was thrown about our players. There’s not a dirty kid out there.”
Mt. Carmel won the junior varsity game, 63-22.