ROBINSON, Ill. – If a high school basketball game was only half as long as it is, the Mt. Carmel Golden Aces boys team might be undefeated.
But, it isn’t and they aren’t.
Mt. Carmel’s second half swoon continued here Tuesday, when the Aces lost a 9-point lead in the third quarter and fell to Robinson, 58-55, in non-conference play.
“”It’s frustrating for sure,” said an exasperated Aces coach Tyler Buss after the loss. “We’ll go back to the drawing board and try to figure this second-half stuff out.”
Whereas the inside game faltered in the second half Saturday against Jasper, this time it was the transition game which suddenly stopped clicking after Mt. Carmel (4-3) gathered a 38-29 lead in the third quarter. Robinson (2-5) took advantage with a 10-point run to grab a 39-38 lead at the end of the frame.
“We need to develop that winning basketball style, where when you’re up seven or eight points and a team starts to make a run on you, you have to put your foot down and stop it, “Buss said. “We haven’t developed that yet.”
Mt. Carmel did finish the game on a 5-1 flurry, but ran out of time after falling behind, 57-50, in the game’s final minute.
Buss said the Aces, in dealing with Robinson’s sometimes five-guard offense, “probably stared at our post players a little too much. We have to understand that it may take a couple of (pass) rotations to get them the ball. You can’t just throw it in there right away.”
Freshman center Jackson Marcotte led Mt. Carmel with a balanced game-high total of 18 points – 9 points in each half. Levi Laws added 12 points and Sam Deisher 10. Deisher accounted for one of the Aces two 3-point field goals. Robinson finished with five hits from beyond the arc.
The Maroons were led by 6-foot-4 sophomore Dylan Dirks with 17 points. Jason Richart added 15, and Connor Griffin 10.
Mt. Carmel will try to snap its’ 2-game losing streak Friday in a Big 8 Conference game at Vincennes. “It doesn’t get any easier. We’ll have to play much (x5) better,” said Buss with a repetitive play on words.
In the JV game, Robinson prevailed, 48-43. Justin Spear led Mt. Carmel with 17 points.
NOTES: This is the first of a 2-year home-and-home contract with the Maroons, who will visit the Hilltop in the 2015-16 season (replacing Evansville Day on schedule)… Aces played without Austin Murk, who remained home with the flu… First Aces boys’ game in new Robinson gym, which opened five years ago.