Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

December 20, 2013

Marion stuns Mt. Vernon

Jackson hits free throws with no time on clock in OT

MT. VERNON —

The Rams held multiple double-digit leads against Marion on Friday night.

None of them lasted, and the Wildcats stunned Mt. Vernon 75-74 in overtime.

At least seven or eight times, we make one extra play, we win the ball game,” Mt. Vernon coach Scott Gamber said. “You could point to a ton of things.”

With 2.9 seconds left in the extra session, Marion's Moe Jackson drove to the basket. As time expired, Mt. Vernon's Gilwan Nelson was called for a foul. Mt. Vernon led74-73 as Jackson stepped to the foul line. The clock read 0.0 and players crowded near the halfcourt line.

Jackson knocked down both shots to give the Wildcats the road South Seven Conference win. Jackson finished with 25 points.

We're in big trouble,” Gamber said. “We're 0-2 in a conference that's really good, and we lost to Marion on our home floor. And it only gets tougher.”

Mt. Vernon started strong and missed just three shots in the opening quarter to take a 22-13 edge after the first. Shakari Hawkins led the early Rams offense. He finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Braden Fitzjerrells added 20 for the Rams.

Fitzjerrells pushed the Rams lead to double digits at 35-24 with two minutes left in the half.

Twice in the first half, we got double-digit leads, and we completely deviated from everything in our game plan,” Gamber said.

Mt. Vernon continued to cruise in the third quarter after a brief threat from Marion. The Wildcats whittled the Rams lead down to 43-41, but Mt. Vernon coasted back ahead by 10. Again, it was the offense of Fitzjerrells. He knocked down a pair of free throws to give Mt. Vernon a 51-41 late in the third.

Marion came alive in the final quarter, and Mt. Vernon committed a litany of mistakes to aid the Wildcats. Mt. Vernon coughed the ball up four times in the quarter, but still held a 58-51 with three minutes left.

Text Only
Sports
  • Woodlawn-Odin softball Woodlawn tops Odin

    The Lady Cardinals used late offense to put Tuesday's softball matchup with Odin out of reach.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Breese Central girls soccer Breese Central drops Mt. Vernon

    A trio of first-half goals were enough for Breese Central to top the Lady Rams soccer team 3-1 Monday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Claire Ryan signing Lady Rams guard signs with Welch

    Claire Ryan has functioned like a coach on the basketball court the past several seasons for the Lady Rams.

    Ryan, who has been the team's point guard the past two years, signed with Welch College in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Carbondale baseball Rams rally for win

    The Rams baseball team scored a pair of late runs to beat Carbondale 6-5 Thursday.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Carbondale softball Lady Rams fall to Lady Terriers

    The Lady Rams softball team knocked out several hits but could never string together a solid rally in a 9-0 loss to Carbondale on Thursday.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mt. Vernon boys track Rams win quad meet

    Robert Grider etched his name in the Rams track and field record book Wednesday.

    The senior sprinter broke the 200 meter school record and tied the 100 meter mark in Mt. Vernon's win over Marion, Salem and Carbondale.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mt. Vernon-Marion baseball Marion shuts down Mt. Vernon

    Chandler Ream foiled the Rams offense all game Tuesday.

    Ream threw a one-hitter against Mt. Vernon, and Marion emerged with a 1-0 win in both teams South Seven Conference opener.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shakari Hawkins Hawkins headed to RLC

    The Rams top scorer from this season is headed to Rend Lake College.

    Shakari Hawkins signed with the college on Tuesday afternoon.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hines Sight: Cardinals reap rewards

    Are there any St. Louis Cardinals fans who still miss Albert Pujols?

    Three years ago the beloved slugger spurned St. Louis and packed his bags for the sun-soaked west coast. He cashed in and spent the last two seasons playing in Los Angeles. He's struggled to regain his overpowering offensive form while his former club hasn't stopped making all the right personnel moves.

    April 7, 2014

  • MTV-DuQuoin baseball Rams knock off DuQuoin

    The middle of the Mt. Vernon batting order mashed the ball, and Brock Fulkerson silenced the Indians bats in an 8-3 Rams road win Friday.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports