Rams place 3rd, Benson and Swan make All-Tourney Team

“It really felt like a good start to the season, and it felt good to be there,” answered ‘22 forward N.J. Benson.

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Colin McClure goes up for a layup against Belleville East in Changnon on December 9, 2021

Cam Meyer, Editorial Staff

The Mount Vernon Rams men’s basketball team traveled to Edwardsville to compete in the Metro East Lutheran Tournament.
The Rams finished with a record of 3-1, defeating Mater Dei on Friday to place third.
The Rams defeated Christ Our Rock in the tournament opener 66-46.
Missouri State commit N.J. Benson showed out, scoring 34 points along with 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
“It really felt like a good start to the season, and it felt good to be there,” answered ‘22 forward N.J. Benson.
In their second game Mount Vernon played Lift for Life Academy and lost 64-63, N.J. Rudd scored 27 along with ‘22 Forward Jackson Swan’s 10.
“I feel like we played pretty well. One thing we could work on is to limit turnovers,” expressed Swan.
“It felt pretty good making the All-Tournament team, but I’m also pretty focused on doing what I can for the team, It’s important to limit turnovers and to box out more, we also need to grab more rebounds if we want to win games, ” asserted Swan.
The Rams improved to 2-1 after Wednesday’s game against Dupo, defeating them 62-14.
Calan Kujawa led the way for Mount Vernon with 13 points.
“I felt pretty good, Dupo wasn’t the hardest team we played throughout the tournament,” stated ‘22 forward Calan Kujawa.
In their final game, Mount Vernon defeated Mater Dei 46-44 to place third in the tournament.
Benson pushed Mount Vernon to the win, scoring 12 points on 4-6 shooting.
“I’m enjoying the season so far,” said Benson. “I’m definitely ready to make a push for the South Seven title,” added Benson.
“The tournament went pretty well,” Kujawa responded, “Wish we could’ve gotten to and/or won the championship.
Make sure to support the Rams this Friday, as they travel to Centralia to face the Orphans at Trout Arena