Doan joins 1,000 point club as Aces rout Harrisburg in Carmi Invitational Finale
CARMI, Ill. -- It was all smiles for Mount Carmel in the final day of the Carmi-White County Invitational, as the Aces not only came away with a big victory, but a milestone was achieved.
The Aces routed the Bulldogs 71-50 with some key performances by sophomore Beau Stipp and senior Austin Rager, but the moment of the night went to senior Bret Doan, who eclipsed the 1,000 point mark as an Ace.
Having played just 15 hours ago, one might have expected some tired legs from Mount Carmel -- that was not the case -- Mount Carmel looked energetic, followed through with their shots and showed limited signs of fatigue.
Mount Carmel was a little shorthanded with the absence of senior Luke Gould, who starts for the Aces. Gould woke up with a fever today and was unable to make the trip to Carmi.
The Aces didn’t miss a beat in Gould’s absence though, rolling to a 18-9 lead to end the first quarter. Mount Carmel increased their lead up to as much as 13 in the half, but Harrisburg rallied a bit to reduce the deficit to 31-23 to end the half.
Rager opened the second half with an aggressive drive and layup for the Aces. Rager’s bucket would start a 14-0 run for the Aces out of the gate, increasing the lead to 45-23 and quickly turning the game into a blowout.
Stipp had a tremendous game and third quarter for the Aces. Stipp pushed the tempo in transition for Mount Carmel, attacked the rim, knocked down five 3-pointers, fed the ball to his teammates and just handled the ball extremely well. The sophomore guard finished the game with a season-high 29 points, including 27 through three quarters.
Arguably Stipp’s best pass of the night came on a fast-break feed to Doan for an and-one with a minute left in the third quarter. The bucket ushered Doan into the 1,000 point club as an Ace. Doan received a nice ovation from his teammates, coaches and the crowd as he smiled and likely took a sigh of relief. Doan was inches short of the milestone on several occasions, but just didn’t receive a friendly roll on some of his shot attempts. He finished with six points in his historical night for the senior.
Rager took over in the second half along side Stipp, scoring 16 of his 23 points in the second half. Rager and Stipp outscored Harrisburg’s entire team (52-50) between the two Aces. Harrisburg was led in scoring by junior Darion Barners with 19 points.
“Those guys both have energy, you can’t get them tired, they play pretty much every minute of every game and still find ways to get it done,” coach Buss spoke of Rager and Stipp. “Those two both, even in warmups, Kyle [Buss] said, Rager’s got some juice in his legs today. He was feeling good and again, the way they were playing us, Beau took what the defense was giving him. They were giving him that 3-point shot and he was knocking them down.”
All in all it was a good cap to the week for the Aces (9-11). They finish the tournament 3-1, with their one loss coming in a nail-biter against a strong Fairfield team.
“Good win for our guys,” coach Buss said. “Took a little while to get going and went through some adversity there early but we did a good job of bringing the energy needed to come and get a win.”
The Aces were slated to play again at 6:30 p.m. tonight against Carmi, but that has since been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather.
“We’re off tonight, we were hoping to get to play Carmi in terms of that’s another team that’s going to seed us,” coach Buss said. “But at the same time with Luke being out, not having a full boat to play with it probably wasn’t a bad thing we don’t have to play two games today.”
MC -- 18 13 27 13 -- 71
H -- 9 14 12 15 -- 50
Mount Carmel scoring: Stipp 10 4 29, Rager 7 9 23, Doan 2 1 6, Applebey 2 1 5, Plassman 1 1 3, Gill 1 0 3,