Lebanon falls to Mt. Vernon in overtime at Blue and Gold


SPRINGFIELD — The Lebanon Yellowjackets boys’ basketball team had a chance to win their opening round game in the Blue and Gold tournament over the Mount Vernon Mountaineers in regulation, but sophomore Jacob Durbin’s shot rattled in-and-out, sending the game to overtime where the ‘Jackets would fall by a score of 62-57.

In overtime, Lebanon struggled to make shots and get stops without their top two post players in Jordan Lewis and Dawson Zimdars who fouled out in regulation. The Mountaineers outscored Lebanon in overtime by a score of 13-8, including ten made free throws by junior Kelly Vaughn for the Mountaineers.

“The fouls really hurt us going into overtime,” Lebanon head coach Adam Thornhill said about playing overtime without two of his top players. “I thought our other guys stepped up and did some things though. We obviously need to hit our shots, but we generated a lot of open looks for our guys, and we didn’t connect on.

“Foul trouble was big, so we will need to watch the way that we guard throughout the rest of the tournament.”

MVHS came into the contest as the No. 5 seed in the Blue division and LHS gave them everything they could handle. The ‘Jackets trailed 29-19 at halftime, but fought back and regained their first lead of the game since the first quarter after a layup by sophomore Quenton Shelton gave LHS a 44-42 lead with 2:35 remaining in the game.

Durbin, a sophomore who sees most of his time at the junior varsity level, came up big for the ‘Jackets in crunch time, hitting a crucial free throw to help force the game to overtime. He finished the game with six points.

Without Durbin’s performance at the end of the game, LHS would not have been able to send the game into overtime.

“He hit a big shot late and hit some free throws for us (on Tuesday),” Thornhill said of Durbin’s performance. “Jacob is a guy who we can rely on defensively, but he also brings some offensive skill, and he will only get better as he gets more time.”

Lebanon had some trouble stopping the Mountaineers’ big man Kyle Bushman (6’8”) who finished with 17 points to lead all scorers, but when they were able to frustrate him down low it was in large part due to sophomore Jordan Lewis, but Bushman was able to foul out Lewis late in the fourth quarter on a questionable foul call.

“We felt like the call could have gone in a different direction,” Thornhill said about Lewis’ fifth foul. “Jordan gave up a lot of size, but no heart at all and Bushman is a tough task because he is skilled in the post and Jordan held his own for sure.”

The ‘Jackets will move to the consolation side of the bracket and will face Camdenton on Wednesday at Hammons Student Center beginning at 11:00 a.m.


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