The Mount Vernon boys basketball team gave it their all, but it wasn’t enough to conquer Dubuque Wahlert who outscored the Mustangs 57-45 in the first round of regionals.
The Mustangs were off to a solid start in the first quarter with a 13-12 lead over Wahlert. Noah Guillaume had a layup at the first quarter buzzer to put the Mustangs in the lead, but they fell short in the second quarter giving Wahlert a 24-21 lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Mustangs battled back and Keaton Kutcher scored a three pointer to take the lead over the Golden Eagles. The Mustangs kicked it in for the third quarter and kept the lead for the majority of the time. Noah Erickson had a huge three pointer that gave the Mustangs the lead of 35-28.
The Mustangs started to lose control over the game and gave the lead to the Golden Eagles at the end of the third quarter. Erickson had a huge and-one play for the Mustangs and reduced Wahlert’s lead to 40-38.
“We made some mistakes, but we had 100 percent effort,” said Erickson, a junior. “They were a talented team. They were able to make shots in the fourth quarter when we only scored two.”
The fourth quarter was dominated by Dubuque Wahlert, who continuously increased their lead in the game until the final buzzer rang and the Golden Eagles became the champions of the boys first round regional game with a score of 57-45. A hard fought game on both ends.