Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

November 29, 2013

Fitzjerrells nails game winner

Rams stay perfect on young season

HERRIN —

Mt. Vernon's final play against Collinsville wasn't run to perfection, but guard Braden Fitzjerrells gave Rams fans a picturesque finish.

With the game tied and time winding down, the sophomore fired up a 3-pointer that swished through the net.

The bucket gave Mt. Vernon a 75-72 win Friday over Collinsville. Both teams entered the matchup 3-0 in Pyramid Plus Tournament play.

Mt. Vernon coach Scott Gamber drew up the final play in the preceding timeout. With seconds on the clock, the play broke down, and Fitzjerrells fired up the shot.

Sometimes the best plays are the ones that are completely blown,” Gamber said.

Fitzjerrells ended the game with 28 points to lead Mt. Vernon. Shakari Hawkins, the tournament's top scorer so far, added 23. Jake Pike was also in double figures with 16.

Anfirnee Wilkinson led Collinsville with 33 points.

The game was a battle of Collinsville's superior height against Mt. Vernon's quickness. The Kahoks started the game by dumping the ball inside to 6-8 Sean Davis and 6-5 Matt Chambers.

We matched up with them so poorly,” Gamber said. “We've got to find a better way to guard teams like that. We won tonight because we had some great offensive performances. Our defense was not very good tonight.”

Mt. Vernon countered the Kahoks' size with its long-range shooting. Pike and Fitzjerrells bombed shots from outside the arc throughout the game. They combined for eight makes.

I think our matchups really bothered them on our offensive end,” Gamber said.

Fitzjerrells ripped a trio of threes to start the second quarter. The hot shooting helped the Rams chip away at a 29-21 Collinsville lead.

Hawkins put the Rams ahead briefly at the end of the second quarter before Collinsville seized a 35-34 halftime edge.

The Rams took momentum out of the locker room and built a third-quarter lead. Mt. Vernon held a 52-44 edge after a shot from Hawkins with five second left in the third.

Text Only
Sports
  • MTV-Salem tennis Rams sweep Salem

    The Rams tennis team swept past Salem 9-0 Wednesday.

    It was the opening match of the season for Mt. Vernon after three cancelations to start the year under first year boys coach Randy Knox.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Carmi softball Carmi downs Woodlawn

    Carmi-White County jumped out early in an 11-3 win over the host Lady Cardinals on Wednesday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

Tom Lindley Sports