The Fishers Varsity Boys Basketball team defeated Mount Vernon (Fortville) 60-58 on Saturday, December 7, extending their winning streak to 4 games and becoming the first team in school history to start 4-0 on the season.
On the heels of a hard-fought victory the night before, the Tigers once again found themselves in the midst of a battle as the visiting Marauders made it apparent from the onset they were up to the challenge running out to a quick 8-1 lead and forcing 3rd year Coach Matt Moore to burn an early timeout. Fishers came out of the timeout with an added intensity allowing them to right the ship in the latter half of the period to grab their first lead of the game at 11-10 heading into the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd, Mount Vernon would quickly regain their early momentum using a strong shooting performance in the period to not only take the lead right back but also open up a 5 point advantage heading into the break at 25-19.
Fishers came out in the 2nd half and made the necessary adjustments to turn the tide with Sophomore Charlie Smith leading the charge after being inserted into the line-up to start the period and the Tigers fed off his energy helping the home team to a 20-14 run in the 3rd quarter and pulling the game to a 39-39 tie going into the final quarter of play. In the 4th, Fishers would maintain their defensive pressure and ultimately withstood one final push by the Marauders in the closing minutes to hold on for the 60-58 victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Senior Alex Szilagyi with 22 points and Sophomore Jeffrey Simmons with 17 points and 7 rebounds. For the second straight game 8 players scored with fellow Sophomore phenom Charlie Smith chipping in 10 points and 4 assists to lead all other scorers.
The win moves Fishers to 4-0 on the season with their next game slated for Friday, December 13 when they host reigning Sectional and Regional winner Shenandoah who returns their entire line-up from last years 26-2 squad. The JV game will tip-off at 6:00 pm with the Varsity game to follow directly after.