Basketball

The Mt. Carmel boys basketball team certainly has not rested on its laurels. After winning the Basketball Capital Classic Saturday in impressive fashion, the Golden Aces seemed to pick up where they left off in a 62-41 romp past Red Hill Tuesday in the home opener at the Hilltop.

The Aces led 21-6 at the end of the first quarter, with the largest lead at 27 points, 55-28 at the end of the third quarter.

“I thought we did a good job early, feeding off the energy of the crowd,” said Aces coach Tyler Buss. “We used some of our defensive pressure to get easy buckets. We had a lot of guys playing hard out there.”

Mt. Carmel (4-1) won for the fourth time in a row. Red Hill fell to 0-5 with the loss.

“To be a good team, we’ve got to start stacking these successes on top of one another,” Buss said. “If we would have come out and laid an egg, that would have been just like last year, up and down.”

The Aces were 25 of 49 from the floor, the second straight game at better than 50 percent accuracy. On the boards, Mt. Carmel enjoyed a 28-12 advantage.

Reece Metcalf led the Aces with 20 points, but his eight rebounds left him just shy of a second straight double-double.

Austin Thompson scored 12 points followed by C.J. Diel with 11.

Dalton Murray led Red Hill with 12 points, but it was below his season average of 16 points per game. The Salukis fired 39 percent from the floor on 16 of 41 shooting.

Mt. Carmel won the junior varsity preliminary, 61-33. Cole Jamison led the Aces with 13 points. Deric Wright finished with 10.

The Aces open Big 8 Conference play Saturday at Jasper (0-1), at 7 p.m.

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