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Energetic MV boys crush Delta


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MUNCIE — Energy was the key word Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach Steve Lynch used in a postgame interview Saturday night at Delta.

That may be because the Class 3A-No. 1 Marauders brought enough energy to power all of Delta’s school district and beyond.

MV went full bore on the Eagles, registering both its highest point output and largest margin of victory in this so-far-perfect season, 76-37.

Six-foot-6 senior Stephen Turner matched Delta’s first-quarter total of 10 points and went on to a career-high 30, and CJ Coleman added 19 as the Marauders improved to 14-0 and 5-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

“I was very pleased with our hustle and our energy,” Lynch said. “We had a lot of guys get on the floor for loose balls and our energy set the tone early, and we played aggressive on both ends of the floor.”

Much of MV’s offense was made possible by it coming up with 19 steals and also finding open men. Senior Anthony Burnett passed out seven assists and had six steals, while Coleman was credited with five steals and four assists.

“CJ set the tone for us, but we had great contributions from Anthony, Zach Spears, Dan (Werner), Alec (Lohman),” Lynch said. “Our energy level was high and we had very consistent play from a lot of guys (Saturday).”

MV outscored the Eagles (5-8, 1-4 HHC) by at least eight points each quarter and had runs of 8-0 and 12-0. Delta only scored on consecutive possessions once the entire game.

The Marauders opened 6-of-6 from the field and scored half their 20 first-quarter points off Eagle turnovers. They proceeded to shoot just under 57 percent, with a nice mix of hoops down low and mid-range jumpers.

And when Delta was able to shoot, it mostly had to do so from afar. The Eagles were 7-for-24 from beyond the arc and attempted only 13 two-pointers (making seven).

Turner made good of the feeds by Coleman and Burnett with easy baskets, which greatly helped his 11-for-14 night. Turner made all seven of his second-half shots, was 7-for-8 at the foul line and also was the game’s top rebounder, with nine.

“Everybody shares the ball with everybody and we try look for open shots,” Turner said. “We happened to have a great inside game (Saturday) and the outside game came along with that, and that tucked the defense inside and got some open shots on the outside.”

MV’s latest conquest gave it another week’s lease on the top spot in the coaches’ poll and also set up a showdown for the probable conference crown with New Palestine, also 5-0 in the HHC, next month.

“We usually have 4-5 different occasions each game where we’d have mental lapses or performance lapses, but (Saturday) I didn’t feel like we had any,” Lynch said. “I was very pleased with how well we’ve performed against quality competition and against coaches who have their teams well prepared.”

Notes: MV is one of five unbeatens left in the state, and the last in 3A. The others are Rockville (18-0, 1A), Munster (17-0, 4A), Waldron (15-0, 1A) and Hagerstown (14-0, 2A). ... Both Turner and Coleman converted two three-point plays. ... The Marauders get a big test Saturday, when 4A Noblesville visits. The Millers are 10-3 and have won five straight.

BOYS VARSITY

Mt. Vernon 76, Delta 37

MV — Turner 11-14 7-8 30, Werner 2-3 3-4 9, Spears 3-5 0-1 6, Coleman 7-16 5-5 19, Burnett 2-6 3-4 7, Lohman 0-0 3-4 3, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Rice 0-0 0-0, Wayer 0-0 0-0 0, Stricker 0-0 0-0 0, McKinney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 26-46 21-26 76.

DE — Robinson 1-3 0-0 2, Fullenkamp 1-3 0-1 2, Sullivan 3-7 0-0 6, Gregory 3-8 0-0 9, Slaven 3-7 0-0 9, Dishman 1-4 2-2 4, Fuatavai 2-4 0-0 5, Tomlin 0-0 0-0 0, Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Kern 0-0 0-0 0, Spegal 0-1 0-0 0. Totals — 14-37 2-3 37.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MV (14-0, 5-0 HHC) 20 19 20 17 — 76

DE (5-8, 1-4 HHC) 10 11 8 8 — 37

Three-pt. field goals: MV 3-7 (Werner 2-2, Turner 1-1, Coleman 0-3, Burnett 0-1), DE 7-24 (Gregory 3-7, Slaven 3-6, Fuatavai 1-3, Sullivan 0-4, Dishman 0-3, Spegal 0-1).

Rebounds: MV 25 (Turner 9, Spears 5, Coleman 3, Werner 2, Burnett 1, Thompson 1, Smith 1, Team 3), DE 16 (Robinson 6, Fulkenkamp 1, Sullivan 1, Gregory 1, Slaven 1, Fuatavai 1, Tomlin 1, Team 4). Assists: MV 14 (Burnett 7, Coleman 4, Lohman 2, Smith 1), DE 6 (Gregory 2, Dishman 2, Robinson 1, Sullivan 1). Steals: MV 19 (Burnett 6, Coleman 5, Spears 2, Turner 2, Thompson 2, Werner 1, Wayer 1), DE 2 (Dishman 1, Fuatavai 1). Blocks: DE 1 (Tomlin 1). Total fouls: MV 9, DE 20. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: MV 13, DE 26.

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