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Mount Carmel falls to Jasper, 49-42

February 11, 2018 GMT

JASPER — After evening its Big 8 record Tuesday with a win at Mt. Vernon (IN), Mount Carmel had the chance to move above the .500 mark in the league Friday night.

In a back and forth contest, the Aces were unable to win on the road as Jasper picked up a 49-42 victory over the Aces in boys high school basketball action.

“I’m proud of our guys tonight,” said Aces’ coach Tyler Buss. “We came into a tough environment against a senior-laden group here and defensively played well. The game was a slower pace in the 40s, I’d say we had a great chance to win the ballgame. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t put the ball in the whole.”

To start the fourth quarter the Aces trailed 30-27 but a 6-0 run helped the Aces take a 33-30 lead with 4:31 left in the contest.

The Wildcats made a quick comeback as Jackson Kabrick went on a personal 5-0 run for Jasper to take a 35-33 lead with 3:29 left in the contest.

Kaleb Applebey scored inside from an assist by Bret Doan to tie the game with 3:10 left in the contest. From there, Jasper went on a 7-0 run which included a technical foul called on coach Buss from the sidelines.

“I thought there were two big calls that didn’t go our way,” said Buss. “I wouldn’t want [the referee’s] job but I think we had it down to one and Brayden gets the and-one that everyone in the gym thinks it’s an and-one and he gets a charge called against him. I thought that was a huge swing there. It would have given us the lead and a little momentum.

“I have to do a better job in a two-point game to not get T’d up. I told him to blow his whistle and he didn’t like that.”

Austin Rager’s basket off an offensive rebound ended the run but Jasper continued to hit free throws down the stretch. Rager scored again with 17 seconds left, while Jackson Marcotte knocked down a 3 but with nine seconds left, Jasper still led 47-42.

“He was frustrated,” said Buss of Marcotte, who finished with 10 points in the game. “He missed some bunnies there in the first half he usually makes. I told him, ‘the fourth quarter is when big-time players make the bigtime plays.’ He’s our big-time player [I told him] ‘go make them.’ He sure did. He got that swagger back and had some nice finishes inside.”

Jasper’s Justin Persohn led all scorers with 18 points. Austin Simmers had nine points and Jared Englert finished with eight points.

Rager and Doan each finished with 14 points to lead the Aces. After Marcotte’s 10 points, Brayden Stipp and Applebey each finished with two points.

Mount Carmel’s will travel to Washington Friday.

Contact Register Sports Editor Paul Wilcoxen at (618) 263-1004, pwilcoxen@mtcarmelregister.com, or on Twitter @paulwilcoxen