Here is my story on Mount Vernon’s scrappy 47-39 win at White Plains.
First, here is video of my interview with Knights’ senior Brandon Martin.
WHITE PLAINS While Mount Vernon’s game at White Plains didn’t feature the high-powered offense most associate with the program, the results were still the same.
The Knights grinded out a 47-39 win over the Tigers thanks to a fourth quarter sparked by their front court.
“There is a lot of ugliness,” Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said. “Five years ago I might have screamed a little more, but (we’re) coming out of here with a win and there is a lot of room for improvement. I’m pleased right now.”
Mount Vernon (6-1) senior forwards Brandon Martin and Judah Alexander exploited White Plains (6-1) inside to open up a game that was tied at 31-31 entering the fourth quarter.
Martin had eight points and eight rebounds in the fourth while Alexander added three points and six rebounds.
“We do as much as we can on the offensive boards and down low,” said Martin, who had a game-high in points (15) and rebounds (14). “If it helps the team, that’s what we do.”
“That’s just our job,” added Alexander, who finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. “To play big and be heard.”
White Plain stayed within striking distance despite foul trouble throughout. Tigers’ starting point guard Mike DeMello (nine points, three rebounds) picked up two fouls in the first two minutes and sat the remainder of the half. Teammates and fellow starters Rexler Noel (eight rebounds) and Jordan Tucker (seven points) also struggled with foul trouble throughout.
Despite a valiant effort from White Plains’ big man Justin Tapper (eight points, 13 rebounds), Mount Vernon’s front court proved to be too much for the undersized Tigers in the fourth, outscoring them 16-8.
“We’re supposed to try and take advantage of them,” said Cimmino. “They did a good job of negating us for a while. I think maybe we wore them down a little bit.”
The fact the Knights were able to get a win on the road against a league rival who looks to be a contender for the Section 1 Class AA title isn’t lost on the team.
“It’s a big statement,” Alexander said. “We just have to build off of it.”