Vienna gets key road win
Eagles outwork host Chester on the glass, win 51-48

12-07-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHESTER
- When a team at home doesn't feel comfortable, it usually means the opposition has created a disruptive setting.

Webber makes early lead stick
Helm, Neal come up big in Trojans' victory; 14-1 run sets tone in triumph

12-06-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
BLUFORD
Setting the tone of a contest early against a conference rival can be very beneficial.

The Webber Township Trojans jumped out ....

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Hornets nab tourney title
Nashville completes 4-0 week, defeats host Wesclin, 61-52
Columbia rallies past Lebanon in overtime for third

12-03-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
TRENTON
– The Nashville Hornets captured the title of the 19th annual Wesclin/Lebanon Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday night with a 61-52 win over the host Warriors.

Freeburg wins home opener
Midgets "big" first quarter proves too "tall" an order for New Athens to overcome

12-01-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
FREEBURG
- The Freeburg Midgets have gotten off to a very fast start this season, as they went 3-1 at the Metro-East Lutheran Thanksgiving Tournament last week.

They opened their first home game of the season on Thursday .....

Steeleville, Trico, Chester post wins
Warriors drill Shawnee, Trico hounds Bulldogs; Yellow Jackets sting Red Bud

11-30-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
CAMPBELL HILL
- For the Steeleville Warriors and head coach Bryce Bainter, the Trico Tournament can prove to be a long week.

JC, Benton, Goreville post wins
Indians overtake A-J, Benton blasts Hardin County; Blackcats best Foxes

11-29-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
GOREVILLE
- For the Johnston City Indians, things are looking up.

Head coach Jerry Hampleman has his team playing well in the opening week of the season and on Tuesday night at the Goreville Invitational Tournament ....

Carmi-White County tops Indians
Bulldogs grit out 51-45 win over host Du Quoin
Sesser-Valier rallies past Lovejoy

11-28-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
DU QUOIN
– On the opening night of the Du Quoin Tip-Off Tournament, the host Indians played like a team that hadn't had much time to practice, due to a lengthy run in the football playoffs (semifinal round) which ended just nine days earlier.


Patoka nabs second-straight MG title
Cain, Belcher lead Warriors rally past St. Elmo-Brownstown
South Central, North Clay, Ramsey post final day wins

11-26-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
MULBERRY GROVE
- The St. Elmo-Brownstown Eagles opened up their contest against the Patoka Warriors on Saturday night and played perhaps the best basketball they could possibly play.

Wayne City tops Waltonvile in OT
Landon Willett nails buzzer-beating halfcourt shot, Indians advance 61-58

11-25-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER
– “If there's a Willett, there's a way.”

According to Wayne City head coach Don Kueper, senior guard Landon Willett has ....

Trojans romp past Elverado
Crab Orchard improves to 4-0; Falcons fall to 3-1
Pope County, Joppa add wins on Friday

11-25-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
CRAB ORCHARD
– In an afternoon battle of unbeaten teams at the Crab Orchard Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday, the contest began with both teams seemingly underneath a post-turkey day hangover.

Edwards County wins Turkey Tourney
Lions pounce on Bison with 17-0 run, hold off late rally for 74-60 win
Gallatin County romps past winless Cisne, 75-45

11-23-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
GRAYVILLE
– The Edwards County Lions are off to a very good start to their season and, thanks to a big run at the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third, they are now Grayville Turkey Tournament champions.

Joppa edges Pope County
Rangers hold off Pirates' rally, improve to 2-0
Elverado, Crab Orchard both 2-0 after Turkey Tourney triumphs

11-22-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
CRAB ORCHARD
Figuring out how to win close ballgames is a learned skill and not something that comes naturally to most young kids playing high school basketball.

ABV Preview Scheduled For Monday, November 21, 2016
Greetings ABV Fans!!!
The annual preview is finished. It took a few hours longer to get it done this year
Although the some of the usual teams didn't submit and info this season, 90 percent did and that is par for the course in the ABV universe.
The preseason rankings are also complete. Don't forget to refresh your pages for updates.
Click on the preview link at the top of each page to navigate.
In have nearly all of the schedules and the tournaments going on this week the brackets have been also posted.
One thing you will notice about this preview. There are no player photos on the pages.
I had a few decent photos I could have used, but the pages laid out better without them so I opted out of the art work.
Pay attention to some of the new advertisers here. They are the reason I can do this site and travel to the ballgames.
Now the season begins.
I hope you enjoy reading it and coming back to for the rest of the season.
Thanks
Jack
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