Mt. Vernon limited Marion's leading returning scorer Brant Hill throughout the game. Hill finished with 15 points but most of his scoring came in the second half.
The Rams used a deeper bench compare to previous seasons in the opener. Dylan Reeves, Blake Jones, Nelson and Luke Wilson all played considerable minutes against the Wildcats.
“I thought across the board, our kids that came in gave us good minutes,” Gamber said.
Edwardsville transfer Moe Jackson led Marion with 19 points. His quick driving hurt the Rams in the first half.
Mt. Vernon is 1-0 and faces Herrin at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
“That's going to be a battle,” Gamber said.