Suddenly, Saturday’s GRAC game between Wabash Valley and Olney Central has become uber-important. That’s because Wednesday’s 92-85 loss at Kaskaskia has put the Warriors two losses down in the league race.
The 7:30 p.m. home game against the Blue Knights, which follows a 5:30 p.m. women’s matchup, is an opportunity to at least hold ground at home. Not to mention that the result will linger through the holidays as this is the last game until the season resumes Jan. 8.
The Mt. Carmel boys basketball team certainly has not rested on its laurels. After winning the Basketball Capital Classic Saturday in impressive fashion, the Golden Aces seemed to pick up where they left off in a 62-41 romp past Red Hill Tuesday in the home opener at the Hilltop.
The Aces led 21-6 at the end of the first quarter, with the largest lead at 27 points, 55-28 at the end of the third quarter.
“I thought we did a good job early, feeding off the energy of the crowd,” said Aces coach Tyler Buss. “We used some of our defensive pressure to get easy buckets. We had a lot of guys playing hard out there.”
Mt. Carmel (4-1) won for the fourth time in a row. Red Hill fell to 0-5 with the loss.
Mt. Carmel scored more points in forfeits than on the mat Wednesday night in the season-opening wrestling match against Wood Memorial.
The Aces received five forfeit wins to account for 30 of the points in a 48-30 dual-meet win at the Hilltop. Aaron Wood (113 pounds), Kane Garcia (182), Cody Wall (195), Andrew Wise (220) and Chase Linson (heavyweight) all received forfeit wins.
The Mt. Carmel wrestling team which hits the mat for the first time Wednesday at the Hilltop will be more balanced than in years past.
“In the past we’ve been young. Now, we’re starting to get a bit older,” said coach Michael Cheesman, who sends his sixth team out for the first time against Wood Memorial. “It’s good to have that kind of experience and to have that balance.”