MOUNT VERNON — “Great teams aren’t always great. They’re just great when they have to be.”
Those were the immortal words of John Facenda, whose baritone voice was lent to many NFL Films Super Bowl highlight shows.
It certainly applied to the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets on Friday.
Finishing the game on an 18-4 run, the Jackets took care of the pesky Hilliard Bradley Jaguars, 66-61, to remain unbeaten at home, and in first place in the Ohio Capital Conference.
Mount Vernon (11-5, 9-2 OCC) trailed by no more than four for most of the game. That changed in the fourth, when the Jaguars (5-11, 3-8 OCC) began a rally that was sparked by a 3-pointer by AJ Dixon at the third period buzzer to put his team ahead, 45-44.
Dixon would add another trey, and Trent Weaver would hit two shots of his own to open up a nine-point lead, 57-48, with 3 1/2 minutes left.
That’s when the game shifted.