McCrimon drops 22 as Vincent pulls away from Westminster OM in fourth

Published 5:28 pm Thursday, January 11, 2024

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By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

VINCENT – In a high-scoring battle between the two county foes, the Vincent Yellow Jackets secured a 58-46 win over the Westminster at Oak Mountain Knights on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Vincent Middle High School thanks to a big 22-point night from Skylar McCrimon.

McCrimon got to work early in the game to help Vincent’s counter a strong start from Westminster OM on offense as well.

He hit a trio of three-pointers to score 11 points in the first quarter. That helped the Jackets just outscore the Knights 16-14 despite four points each from Sam and Currin Carter. Sam finished the game with 11 points and Currin had seven.

McCrimon added four more points before halftime, and combined with five from Taye Robertson, let Vincent outpace Westminster OM.

The Knights kept up with the Jackets during the second quarter and scored 12 points to stay within six points of tying the game at halftime.

With Vincent up 30-26, McCrimon and Phoenix Maxwell powered the offense to success in the third quarter as the Jackets scored 14 points for a second straight quarter.

Westminster had an answer for much of Vincent’s scoring and dropped 14 points in the third as well to keep it a two-possession game heading into the fourth and final quarter.

However, that would soon change as the Jackets pulled away for the win.

Vincent hit eight free throws in the fourth quarter to grow its lead point-by-point into a double-digit advantage that the Knights could not overcome.

In the end, the Jackets walked away with a 12-point victory after outscoring Westminster OM by eight in the fourth quarter.

In addition to McCrimon’s 22 points, he had three assists and three steals. Maxwell scored 11 points, with nine coming in the second half, and stuffed the stat sheet with six rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Robertson had nine points, five steals, four assists and three rebounds, Zahmir McMillan had eight points, six rebounds and five steals and Camari Keller earned seven points and a team-high 12 rebounds and six blocks.