MOUNT VERNON — It took the Mount Vernon boys basketball team an entire half to get its intensity up.
Once it did, Mount Vernon pulled away from nonconference opponent Jonathan Alder on Saturday, winning with a comfortable 41-33 margin in Saturday’s home game.
The Yellow Jackets drove to the basket on nearly every second-half possession. They hit just six shots in the half, but they drew enough fouls to take 18 free-throw attempts, hitting 16 of them (89 percent). The Jackets were a perfect 8-for-8 in the fourth quarter.
“In a game like that, you want to be able to hit your free throws,” said Mount Vernon head coach Kurt Kaufman. “It was the kind of game we wanted to be in. We were able to grind it out in a traditional Mount Vernon way.”
Alex Arck, in particular, spent much of the second half driving the lane and reaching the line, hitting six free throws. He finished as the team co-leader with 12 points.
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