EVANSVILLE - Tied at the half and trailed by two and the end of the third quarter, Mount Carmel lost on the road Friday night, 78-63, against Evansville North in boys high school basketball action.
“We felt pretty good there at halftime,” said Mount Carmel coach Tyler Buss. “We battled through some foul trouble there in that second quarter and we ended up tied at halftime. We felt pretty good in the locker-room at halftime.”
It was certainly not the start to the fourth coach coach Buss was looking for as the Aces turned it over on back to back possession then was unable to recover after a blocked shot as the Huskies pushed the ball in transition as North opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 to extend a two-point game into a nine-point advantage in approximately two minutes.
“They got hot and we didn’t have enough urgency on that defensive end to get out on their shooters,” said Buss. “They can make them in bunches. [Cameron] Seaton and [Kolten] Sanford are two of the best scorers we’ll go again.
“I don’t know if it was fatigue or what but we were sloppy with the ball on offense. We did not get out on shooters on defense.”
Seaton and Sanford combined for 54 of North’s 78 points. Seaton led all scorers with 31 points shooting 10-for-15 from the floor while shooting 6-for-8 from behind the three-point line. Sanford added 23 points in the victory. He was 9-for-19 shooting and 3-for-12 from three-point territory.
“We knew [Sanford] was going to get his and Seaton can get his too,” said Buss. “I don’t think we had our gaps covered by the other guys and that made our guys a little bit hesitant to get out there. You can look at a lot of things but we just didn’t get the job done.”
Four players reached double figures for the Aces. They were led in scoring by Bret Doan, who finished with 15 points. Blake Golden had 14 points, while Brayden Stipp and Austin Rager each pitched in 13 points, respectively.
“It looked like we were a little out-toughed,” said Buss. “Everything we did around the basket was falling away and moving away from the basket. They did a lot of stuff going at the basket and going into their shots.
“Give them a lot of credit. They’re a 4A Evansville school that we felt like we could compete with. We just didn’t get the job done in that second half.”
Mount Carmel (4-2) will travel to Robinson Tuesday and then host Vincennes Lincoln Friday in the Aces’ Big 8 opener.
Mount Carmel 73, Evansville Day 48
The Aces picked up a victory at home Tuesday over Evansville Day.
Leading the way for Mount Carmel was Rager, who scored 19 points in the win. Doan added 16 points followed by Dawson Brown with 11.