SANDY SPRINGS, Ga - The Mount Vernon varsity boys basketball team jumped out to a 21-point lead at halftime and held off a second half surge from the Paideia School to pick up a 70-62 region victory over the Pythons on Tuesday night, Jan. 8, at the Glenn Campus Gymnasium.
Mount Vernon opened up the contest with a 25-15 lead at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Pythons 15-4 in the second period for a 40-19 advantage at halftime.
But the Pythons came out with purpose in the second half, outscoring the Mustangs 16-13 in the third quarter to cut the Mustang lead to 53-39.
The fourth quarter was a rollercoaster ride, with the Pythons pulling within nine points late in the quarter thanks to a 27-17 run.
But a steal and score by Austin Douglas in the final minute sealed the win for the Mustangs to push Mount Vernon's streak to two.
Five players were in double figures for the Mustangs, led by the 18 points of Alex Morge, who connected on six 3-pointers to pace the squad.
Morgan Mulrain netted 12 points (two 3-pointers), Austin Douglas finished with 11 points and Will Mitcham and Justin Douglas notched 10 points.
In all, the Mustangs (5-10, 2-0 Reg. 5-1A) finished with a whopping twelve 3-pointers in the contest.
Paideia (5-10, 0-2 Reg. 5-1A) was paced by the 19 points of Jaylan Troutman and 12 points of Leo Saltzman.
The Mustangs are back on the court to close out a two-game home stand on Friday, Jan. 10, hosting the Atlanta Classical Academy Cavaliers in another region showdown.
Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn Campus Gymnasium.
The Mount Vernon Athletic Department strives to build the student-athlete by providing a five-star experience built on community, relentlessness, innovation, hospitality and professionalism. As a school of inquiry, innovation and impact grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college-ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders. For more information on Mount Vernon athletics, visit www.mountvernonathletics.com and follow @MV_Athletics on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on the Mustangs.
MOUNT VERNON 70, PAIDEIA 62
PS 15-4-16-27 -- 62
MV 25-15-13-17 -- 70
Paideia: Jaylan Troutman 18, Leo Saltzman 12, Micah Eisen 10, Colby Porter 10, Jordan Robinson 5, Adi Kadragic 3, Joe Elston 3.
Mount Vernon: Alex Morge 18, Morgan Mulrain 12, Austin Douglas 11, Will Mitcham 10, Justin Douglas 10, Cole Dewey 5, Alex Holliday 2, John Watson 2.
3-Pointers: Paideia 5 (Elston, Kadragic, Eisen, Porter, Troutman); Mount Vernon 12 (Morge 6, Mitcham 3, Morgan Mulrain 2, Justin Douglas 1).
Records: Mount Vernon 5-10, 2-0 Reg. 5-1A; Paideia 5-10, 0-2 Reg. 5-1A.
Next: Atlanta Classical at Mount Vernon, 7:30 p.m., Friday.