MT. VERNON —
The Rams basketball team spent a week practicing and preparing for its conference matchup with Belleville Althoff.
Due to poor weather in the area, the Friday night game was canceled and moved to Friday, Jan. 3.
“We prepare all week for (Althoff), and I don't know if you're ever fully ready, but you feel like you're ready for the game,” Mt. Vernon coach Scott Gamber said. “And then to lose it, I hate that part.”
Gamber said the team was taking Friday off but would try to practice over the weekend, depending on the weather conditions. The Rams goal is to focus on improving aspects of their game before turning their focus more specifically to Mascoutah on Sunday and Monday.
Gamber said the Rams coaching staff watched the Indians win at Salem earlier in the week.
“The one thing against Salem, that I guess stood out, was they have several guys that can shoot the three well,” Gamber said.
Gamber added knowing the future forecast helped, and the Rams added an Thursday morning practice.
“When school let out, and they canceled all practices, we were able to have gone in the morning,” Gamber said. “That part didn't affect us. So we were kind of lucky there.”
The Rams are currently unbeaten after five straight wins to start the year at the Herrin Pyramid Plus Tournament.
“I'm glad that we play Tuesday because we don't have very many Tuesday games,” Gamber said. “I would really be panicked if the game got canceled for (Friday) and then we didn't play until next Friday at Cahokia. At least we do have a game Tuesday where it's not that much time off. I think we kind of needed the practice time.”
The upcoming week will test the Rams with a pair of road games Tuesday at Mascoutah followed by a Friday trip to Cahokia. A season ago Mt. Vernon didn't lose a game in Changnon Gymnasium but didn't record a true road victory.