INDIANAPOLIS — The Mt. Vernon boys basketball team took on New Castle at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this weekend. It had been almost three years since the Marauders played at what was formerly known as Conseco Fieldhouse.
Mt. Vernon hopes to make its next trip to downtown Indianapolis in three months.
Led by CJ Coleman and their trademark stout defense, the Marauders beat 4A New Castle 48-39 Saturday in all-day basketball showcase. Twenty-four hours earlier, Mt. Vernon stifled another solid 4A squad, defeating Pendleton Heights 49-37 at MV.
“Very proud of our defense,” said MV coach Steve Lynch, whose club has held its opponents under 50 points in six straight games going back to last season. “In my opinion, these two programs that we played this weekend, night in and night out, battle you, fight you, they scheme against you.
“I’m just really proud of the way they came in over 64 minutes this weekend and fought and managed the games the way they did.”
In its outing previous to the Friday-Saturday tilts, Mt. Vernon beat 4A No. 7 Hamilton Southeastern 52-49 Nov. 30. The high-flying Royals entered that contest averaging 75.7 points and hadn’t been limited to less than 50 points in almost two years.
The Marauders’ dominant 4-0 start hasn’t gone unnoticed. They received two first-place votes in the Associated Press Class 3A media poll released Monday and rank third overall, trailing No. 1 Greensburg (5-0) and Andrean (4-0).