Aces overcome 17-point deficit for first win of season

Mount Carmel senior Austin Rager drives on a Evansville North defender in their game on Nov. 30. Rager scored 24 points against Robinson to lead the Aces in scoring once again.

ROBINSON, Ill. -- Mount Carmel overcame a 17-point deficit to win their first win of the young season on Tuesday, with their 70-62 victory over Robinson.

The Aces would trail much of the game, including 36-24 at halftime, before mounting a comeback in the second half. Their fierce rally saw them outscore their counterparts 46-26 in the second half for the impressive comeback victory.

Senior Austin Rager was particularly dynamic for the Aces in the second half, scoring 20 of his team-high 24 points in the second half. Rager exhibited his leadership and talent, taking over the game when the Aces needed it once again.

A welcome sight to the starting lineup, sophomore Kaleb Applebey, who had a brief absence to start the season with a sprained ankle. Applebey made an immediate impact, scoring 15 points in the victory, assisting in balancing the Aces scoring load.

Sophomore Beau Stipp was the other Mount Carmel in double digits scoring in the game, scoring 15 points in the victory.

The win couldn't have come at a better time, the Aces were in desperate need of a morale booster after some tough, narrow losses early in the season. It could go a long way in setting the tone for the upcoming games and providing coach Tyler Buss's group with some confidence and swagger going forward.

Their next game following the big win will be at Vincennes Lincoln on Friday, Dec. 7. Tipoff for the game is set for shortly after the conclusion of the JV game, or approximately 7:15 p.m. Their next home appearance will be against Flora on Tuesday, Dec. 11 starting at 5:30 p.m.

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