MOUNT CARMEL — Ahead of its first Big Eight Conference showdown, Mount Carmel knocked off Robinson, 61-45, Tuesday night in boys high school basketball action.

Brayden Stipp led the way with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Nine of his game-high points came in the first quarter.

Bret Doan chipped in and averaged 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Overall, the Aces shot 55.5 percent from the field.

"I loved the way they did the things we wanted them to do tonight," said Mount Carmel coach Tyler Buss. "We told them we needed it to be a faster-paced game than we have been playing the last couple times out. I thought, for the most part, we did a good job of getting out, especially getting out in transition and running the break and creating some of those 4-on-3, 3-on-2 opportunities. Once we were able to get the lead like that, we definitely had some breakdowns defensively that we'll have to look at the film and fix but when you look at it as a whole I was really happy with the way our guys performed tonight."

The Aces opened with a 6-0 lead. After the Maroons used a 6-0 run to take a 10-9 with 63 seconds left in the first quarter. Then, back-to-back threes from Brayden Stipp and Austin Rager helped Mount Carmel take a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Robinson's Chance Black knocked down a three to bring the Maroons closer at 23-17. Coming back down on offense, Mount Carmel's Dawson Brown hit the first of two three-pointers to put the Golden Aces up 26-17 with 4:26 left in the first half.

Later in the quarter, Black and Kade Lassen kept Robinson close as they scored two straight baskets at the rim to close Mount Carmel's lead to 28-23 with 1:24 left in the first half.

Brown again responded to help Mount Carmel with a three with 70 seconds left in the second as the Golden Aces hit the locker room with a 31-23 lead.

"There's still some things in the halfcourt that we need to do a better job in," said Buss. "They drove it a little too easy on us there. Some of that is fatigue when you're playing a little faster. We had some foul trouble there so we didn't get to sub quite as much as I wanted to tonight. Outside of a few minute stretches there, I thought our defense was pretty solid as well."

Robinson came within 35-30 with 6:30 left in the third. From there, Stipp pulled down an offensive rebound and scored followed by Doan basket at the rim to put the Golden Aces up 39-30 with 5:39 left to play in the third quarter.

The Maroons outscored Mount Carmel, 7-2, near the end of the third quarter. Holding the ball for the final shot, Stipp missed on a three-point shot. Brown gathered the offensive rebound, tossed it back out to Stipp who knocked down a three at the buzzer to give the Aces a 44-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Brown finished with 11 points. He was 4-for-6 from the field.

"DB was huge off the bench for us today," said Buss. "We love the things he can do for us offensively. He was a sparkplug there that helped us grow that lead. When he's feeling it he can shoot it as good as anyone we've got."

Coming out in the fourth quarter, Mount Carmel scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to give the Aces a 51-37 lead. Midway through the fourth the Aces used clocked and got their points near the rim or at the free throw line

"We had two or three really good possessions there in a row," said Buss. "We may not have scored or we may not have gotten a layup but we worked off 30 to 35 seconds. Anytime a team is trying to make a comeback, you make them play defense for 45 seconds to a minute, that shrinks the game and makes them pick up the pace offensively."

Mount Carmel (5-2) will open Big Eight Conference action Friday when the Aces host Vincennes Lincoln.

"It's a huge game for us," said Buss. "We need a great crowd for that one because we have a little-unfinished business in the Big Eight from the way it ended last year. If you want a chance to win your conference, and our conference from top to bottom is very even, you better take care of the home ones. There's no bigger game we've played this season than the one we've got coming up.

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