BRIDGEPORT - Three players for Mount Carmel finished in double figures while holding Olney to just 22 percent shooting from the floor as the Golden Aces opened the season with a 56-29 victory Friday afternoon at the Capital Classic in boys high school basketball action.
Mount Carmel started out trailing 7-3 until going on a 12-0 run to close the first quarter and take a 15-7 lead.
“I’m proud of our start,” said Mount Carmel coach Tyler Buss. “I thought we did a good job of weathering that early storm there where we couldn’t get anything to fall in the hole.
“I thought we did a good job on defense...and kept the game from getting away from us. We played as bad, offensively, as we did and it was still only a two-possession game.
“Once we were able to get our transition game going and get out and run a little bit and saw some balls go through the hole it really helped our confidence and got us going and we closed the half off there on a pretty nice run.”
Olney cut the run off with a free throw to start the second quarter. After, the Golden Aces went on another run as they scored the next nine points to take a 24-8 lead.
Beau Stipp started the second run with a basket at the rim. Austin Rager dropped a baseline jumper. After a free throw from Kaleb Applebey and two by Rager, Blake Golden scored in the paint to put the Aces on top by 16 with 4:07 to play in the first half.
“As a coach, you look really good when the ball goes into the hole,” said Buss. “I thought we did a good job, especially Brayden Stipp of attacking their guards and getting into their bench a little bit with some foul trouble,” said Buss. “That always helps when you can get into another team’s bench. I thought everybody that hit the floor played hard and ran the floor well and guarded and that’s what we’ll have to do to be successful.”
Rager led the Aces with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Brayden Stipp and Bret Doan each finished with 12 points, respectively.
“That’s going to be how we are this year,” said Buss of his team’s balanced scoring. “We’ll have a lot of games where we’ll have three or four guys around that double-figure mark. I know Kaleb didn’t get there but he played a heck of a game for us as a freshman starting his first game. He got us off to a nice start early there when we were searching for some offense.
“Right up and down the lineup, you saw Blake Golden and some of the things he’s added to his game. Bret Doan, known just as a shooter, the way he was able to get to the basket. Up and down the lineup we had contributions and that’s what it’s going to take to be successful this season.”
At the end of the second quarter and into the third, Mount Carmel used a 16-0 run to take a 40-11 lead. Doan used that time to scored 10 of his 12 points.
The Golden Aces also won the battle of the boards with a 34-17 advantage on the glass.
“[Rebounding] is going to be an emphasis for us all year,” said Buss. “ We do a 10 to 15-minute segment almost every day in practice on rebounding. We know we don’t have the luxury of counting on the 6-7 guy to go in and get around for you. We need to have positions one through five all ready to go in there and get a rebound and for the most part, I thought we did a good job of that.”