NEW CASTLE — As a very tight back end of a road double weekend drew toward a close Saturday night, Mt. Vernon’s boys basketball team sought to create a big play or two.
The Marauders got what they wished from a couple of unlikely sources and from both ends of the New Castle Fieldhouse floor.
Three free throws by fouled backup Miles Wayer catapulted MV ahead, then Michael Thompson’s stop of a Trojan 3-point try at the horn preserved the Marauders’ 47-44 victory as MV swept the weekend set.
The Marauders (5-6) hope this was the jump start they needed. Over the weekend, they put together their best back-to-back defensive efforts of the year (they won 60-32 at Greenfield-Central Friday), and now MV has its first two-game win streak under coach Travis Daugherty.
“It was a good, hard-fought win,” Daugherty said. “It wasn’t pretty or perfect, but it was a good win.”
There were two big swings in the first half, as the Marauders opened with an 11-2 run and NC thundered back to go up 24-18 with 4:25 left in the first half on its sixth 3-pointer.