By PAUL HINES
MT. VERNON —
Michael Feezer repeatedly attacked the basket and led the Rams to a 59-39 rout of Jerseyville on Saturday night.
The Mt. Vernon post player led all scorers in the game with 22 points, and he missed just one of his 10 shots from the field.
“He attacked the rim. He got some rebounds. He scored around the basket,” Mt. Vernon coach Scott Gamber said. “He was absolutely huge for us. It seemed like when they upped their intensity, it was Michael that got all the stuff for us there for a stretch.”
The big blow in the game came when the Rams went on a 11-0 run spanning halftime to take a 33-21 edge. Feezer played a key role during the stretch with a pair of free throws and a turnaround basket.
“Our guys really, really came out and played hard in that second half,” Gamber said. “We finally got a few turnovers off of our zone, and that led to some easy baskets.”
With the Rams up nine late in the third quarter, Feezer created a second run with the help of Shakari Hawkins. Feezer started the stretch with a three-point play. He then sandwiched a pair of layups around a Hawkins putback. Feezer continued the run with another three-point play off a powerful drive to the basket.
“I’m really happy for him, and I’m hoping that maybe he takes how well he’s played the last couple weeks and finishes out the exact same way,” Gamber said.
Hawkins contributed again when he broke to the offensive end where a teammate found him all alone for an easy layup. Feezer ended the scoring surge with his fifth basket in as many minutes. The flurry put the Rams up 49-27 midway through the final quarter.
Jerseyville never recovered.
Hawkins finished with 14 points on six of nine shooting. As a team, the Rams blistered the basket on 23 of 40 shooting from the field.
“The things (Hawkins is) doing for us are huge,” Gamber said.
Mt. Vernon is 13-9 this season and travels to Cahokia on Friday. The win against Jerseyville gave the Rams a weekend sweep after a Friday win against Althoff.
“This way we have a lot of energy going into next week’s practices,” Gamber said. “Obviously we know what lies ahead of us on Friday night.”