MARION — It was a rough opening night for the Herrin Tigers on Monday night in the opening game of the 18th annual Pyramid Plus Tournament in Marion.
Collinsville used a 25-3 advantage in the second quarter and rolled to an easy 63-27 win in the tournament's first game Monday night. It was the season opener for both teams.
In the second game of the night, Mount Vernon muscled its way past Carterville, 57-29.
The Rams used a strong middle two quarters to pull away. After leading 8-3 at the first horn, the Rams outscored the Lions, 31-14, in the second and third quarter to take charge of the game.
"I think we learned a little bit about what 3A basketball is," said Carterville coach Shane Hawkins. "That's what we are now is 3A."
Mount Vernon placed three players in double figures. Zach Williams and Amir Span had 11 and Luke Cooper added 10 for the Rams.
Luke Ford led Carterville with 11 points.
In the opener, Collinsville led, 16-7, after one quarter and was never seriously threatened. Herrin coach Sayler Shurtz said the Tigers just made it too easy on the Kahoks.
"Our defense was not all there tonight," Shurtz said. "We didn't hit some shots and they made some shots, but that's not what won the game for them. It was our lack of defense."
Marshall Harrison led four Collinsville players in double figures with 15 points. Keydrian Jones and Ray'Sean Taylor each had 11 and Braden Kemp netted 10 for the Kahoks.
Drew Ringel led Herrin with 10 points.