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Mt. Vernon vs New Palestine LIVE High School Boys Basketball Tuesday 2/27/2024

Mt. Vernon vs New Palestine LIVE High School Boys Basketball Tuesday 2/27/2024

The Mt. Vernon Marauders (16-8) secured a convincing victory over the New Palestine Dragons (19-6) by a score of 72-58 in the opening round of the Class 4A Sectional 9 tournament hosted by Greenfield-Central on Tuesday night. This win marks the Marauders’ second win over the Dragons this season, having defeated them previously in a regular-season matchup just a week prior.

What it is: Varsity Boys Basketball
Matchup: Mt. Vernon Marauders vs New Palestine Dragons
Game Type: Neutral playoff game
Bracket: 2023-24 IHSAA Class 4A Boys Basketball State Tournament – S9 | Greenfield-Central
Time: Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 7:00 PM (Local time)
Locations: New Palestine High School – IN
Home Team: New Palestine Dragons 19-5
Away Team: Mt. Vernon Marauders 15-8
Live Stream: Watch here

The game started with a back-and-forth battle, with both teams exchanging baskets and keeping the score close in the first quarter. However, the Marauders pulled ahead in the second quarter, fueled by strong outside shooting and a dominant performance from their senior forward, Luke Ertel, who finished the game with a game-high 25 points.

New Palestine attempted to mount a comeback in the second half but couldn’t overcome the Marauders’ defensive pressure and balanced scoring attack. Four Marauders players scored in double figures, showcasing their depth and teamwork throughout the game.

“We knew it would be a tough game coming in,” said Mt. Vernon head coach Joe Bradburn. “New Palestine is a very talented team, but our guys came out with a lot of energy and played with a lot of heart. We were able to hit some big shots and make key stops down the stretch.”

With this win, the Marauders advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of the Yorktown vs. Greenfield-Central game. The Dragons, despite the loss, will have to regroup and prepare for the consolation bracket of the sectional tournament.

This game served as a rematch of last year’s sectional championship, which New Palestine won. However, the Marauders were able to turn the tables this time around and secure a crucial victory in their quest for a sectional title. Their strong performance bodes well for their chances in the next round.

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