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Christopher upends state-ranked Cards
Bearcats hold off Woodlawn, 57-52; spoil Senior Night

02-12-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WOODLAWN
- The Christopher Bearcats turned in an outstanding performance on Friday night and their hosts picked the wrong night to struggle on both ends of the floor.

Waltonville tops Red Devils
Spartans outlast S-V 79-73 in 2OT's; Miller nets 33-points

02-09-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WALTONVILLE
- In the history of the long-standing rivalry between Waltonville and Sesser-Valier there have been some memorable games on the basketball court.


Wayne City tames Lions
Tribe outworks Edwards County, 48-35 in home triumph
Downen, Green pace 16-8 Indians; Schmittler nets 17-points for Ed Co

02-06-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
- On Saturday night the Wayne City Indians proved once again that in the world of sports, wins all count the same.

Redbirds grab home win over DQ
West Frankfort cleans up mistakes; knocks off Indians, 55-50

02-02-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WEST FRANKFORT - In a battle of SIRR teams who have struggled to pick up victories in 2015-16, it was the hosts who got the job done on Tuesday night.


Silver Stallions slow down Sandoval
Christ Our Rock Lutheran's patience pays off, top Black Hawks, 52-47

02-01-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
CENTRALIA - Coach Brian Perkes and his Christ Our Rock Lutheran squadron turned their home court into a “No Fly Zone” on Monday night.


Panthers, Cards pick up key wins
Pinckneyville tops Alton Marquette, Woodlawn edges Gibault
Goreville, Breese Mater Dei, Trico, Meridian among the winners on Saturday

01-30-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
PINCKNEYVILLE - The Pinckneyville Panthers needed a spark in the first half of their game against Alton Marquette in the finale of the Panther Showcase on Saturday night.

Hawks fly past Galatia
Gallatin County drills free throws, puts away Bearcats with second quarter run
Crab Orchard tops top-seed NCOE, will face Hawks in title game Saturday
Thompsonville takes seventh place over Pope County

01-30-15
BY JACK BULLOCK
HARRISBURG
- Head coach Doug Miller and his young Gallatin County Hawks have come a long way since opening their 2015-16 season 0-6.

South Central clips wings, top Eagles
Cougars top St. Elmo-Brownstown; Top-seed Altamont handles Neoga

01-26-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
ALTAMONT
- The South Central Cougars have had some trouble during the 2015-16 campaign but are playing a better brand of basketball as of now.


NCOE, Crab Orchard pick up wins
Cards clobber Pope County;
Trojans take care of Carrier Mills

01-25-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
HARRISBURG
- For most eight-team tournaments played in a bracket format, the 1 vs. 8 seeded game usually produces a lopsided result.

Rockets rout Waterloo Gibault
Okawville dominates every aspect; 59-37; Wesclin tops Vandalia

01-23-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
OKAWVILLE - Coach Jon Kraus knew his team was going to be focused heading into their Saturday night game against rival Waterloo Gibault.

Freeburg advances to title game
Midgets down Steeleville 52-48; play Murphysboro on Saturday
Red Bud, Sparta post Friday wins

01-22-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
SPARTA - Most high school basketball teams when a new coach is brought in the players will take time to adjust to a new way of doing things.


Central tops Nashville
Cougars rally for 51-48 victory; improve to 2-0 at NIT
Kohrmann nails five 3's in 26-point effort; Mater Dei tops Mascoutah

01-21-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
NASHVILLE
- The Breese Central Cougars knew it was going to be a tough week, as it always is, at the Nashville Invitational Tournament.

Herrin breaks away from AJ
Tigers use 12-0 third quarter run; improve to 2-0 with 58-44 victory

01-20-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WEST FRANKFORT - The Herrin Tigers won-loss mark is not a very good barometer of how good this team can be. Head coach Irv Lukens has a club that is battle tested and it has showed this week at the 30th annual West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic.

Pinckneyville opens BIT with blowout
Panthers romp past S-V, 68-26; Benton wins in OT, Meridian downs Ham Co.

01-18-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
BENTON
- The Pinckneyville Panthers have had some dominating performances in their long history of basketball, including its run at the Benton Invitational Tournament.

Eagles' turnaround shocks Carterville
Vienna rallied from 21-points down, opens tournament with 68-64 win

01-16-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WEST FRANKFORT - All is not well in the Lions' den. At least not in the last two games.

Carterville, after having been man-handled on Friday night ....

Webber Township snags MTC road win
Trojans hold off Sandoval; improve to 11-4 overall
Black Hawks fall short despite 31-points from LaRon Anderson

01-15-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
SANDOVAL - Webber Township picked up an important road win on Friday night, even though it wasn't a beauty of a victory.

Perryville set to defend tourney title
Pirates take advantage of Chester mistakes, advance to title tilt Saturday night
Shawnee races past SEC rival Shawnee; play New Athens in consy final

01-14-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHESTER
The Chester Yellow Jackets fell into the third place game with their loss to Perryville (MO.) in the championship semifinals on Thursday night.

Benton pressure too much for Eagles
Benton forced 20-turnovers, win 64-53; Oxford, Ritchason score 14-each

01-12-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
BENTON
- The Benton Rangers used their overall quickness and depth on Tuesday night in their non-conference game at home against Eldorado.
Combating the Eagles size advantage by speeding up the game defensively and ....

Woodlawn survives big scare
Cardinals rally for 75-64 victory over Altamont
Owens, Harris net 21-points each in battle of ranked teams

01-09-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WOODLAWN - Altamont head basketball coach John Niebrugge doesn't believe in moral victories and he won't take one from Saturday night.



Indians win every phase, pound Lions
Lawrenceville improves to 13-1; never trail in 91-62 road romp

01-08-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
ALBION
- Edwards County head coach Russ Gerlach was point blank when assessing his opposition after Friday night's lopsided loss to the ABV top-ranked and state-ranked 2A Lawrenceville Indians.

Spartans force Foxes' mistakes
Waltonville causes 18-turnovers in 66-42 win; improve to 7-6

01-05-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WALTONVILLE
- The Waltonville Spartans made sure that the potential for a “trap” game against Hamilton County on Tuesday night at home in their first game back after the Christmas break didn't happen.

Mules rally for road win
Fairfield gets revenge on NCOE, 55-51

01-02-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
NORRIS CITY
– For Scott McElravy and the Fairfield Mules, the 2015-16 season has been a struggle so far.
Opening up with five consecutive losses and the quickest ever exit from the Eldorado Holiday Tournament in the program's history ...

Altamont takes home the big prize at VHT
Ryan Armstrong scores with :02 left, breaks final tie in 77-75 triumph
Greenville, St. Anthony, Vandalia, Shelbyville win on the final day of the 44th annual event

12-30-15
BY JACK BULLOCK
VANDALIA - In a game that featured five tie scores and 19 lead changes, it was inevitable that the championship game of the 44th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament would come down to a final play between Altamont and Pana.

Carterville "dusts" off Gibault at Duster Thomas
Swalls, Heil lead Lions to 54-46 win; Back-to-back titles for program
Pinckneyville finishes third, Benton fifth, Olney seventh on final day of event

12-29-15
BY JACK BULLOCK
PINCKNEYVILLE -The Carterville Lions couldn't have started their championship game any better offensively.
Head coach Dave Brown saw his club hit their first eight field goal attempts to take a double-digit lead.

Demons turn up heat, melt Pirates
Dongola pressures Pope County, forces 24-turnovers in 84-49 rout
MVP Kyle Cox nets 35-points, Alex Zeschke adds 27-points for 8-5 tournament champs

12-28-15
BY JACK BULLOCK
DONGOLA
For the Dongola Demons on Saturday night, the game plan was simple.

Put pressure on the Pirates to see if they could handle it. Pope County did not.

Christopher cruises past Meteors
Bearcats build huge lead, coast home 57-43
Goreville, Waltonville, Woodlawn advance to Final Four

12-28-15
BY JACK BULLOCK

SESSER
The Christopher Bearcats forced their opposition into a lot of mistakes in the first three quarters of their quarterfinal game Monday afternoon.

Carmi-White County wins EHT opener
Bulldogs pull away with second half surge, 70-51 over Hardin County
West Frankfort, Union County (KY.) also post early victories
Top-seeds Massac, Webster Co, Harrisburg join CWC in quarterfinals

12-26-15
BY JACK BULLOCK
ELDORADO
It took two and a half quarters of basketball before the Carmi-White County Bulldogs put things together. When it happens, the fourth seed at the Eldorado Holiday Tournament went on a 12-0 run to take command of its opening round game.

Bulldogs hold off Patoka rally
Effingham St. Anthony survives scare, moves to 6-4 with 59-50 win

12-22-15
BY JACK BULLOCK

EFFINGHAM
- The Effingham St. Anthony Bulldogs got off to a quick start to its non-conference home game on Tuesday night.

Wayne City tops Cisne, takes home title
Indians wear tourney' crown following 53-49 OT win
Edwards County, Crab Orchard win on final day

12-19-15
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
- The Wayne City Indians captured their 15th Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament title with an overtime win over Wayne County rival Cisne in the 62nd edition of the event.

Rockets rally past Woodlawn
Frederking nets 24-points as Okawville triumphs in battle of unbeatens, 52-44
Carlyle, Flora, Greenville post final day wins

12-05-15
BY JACK BULLOCK
CARLYLE
- For the Okawville Rockets, a team that spends each boy's basketball season playing in big games, the spotlight never seems to bother Coach Jon Kraus' kids.

Trico, Steeleville, Red Bud triumph
Pioneers stay unbeaten; Warriors, Musketeers romp to easy wins

12-02-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
CAMPBELL HILL
- Sometimes it just boils down to effort when it comes time to separate teams in head-to-head battles.


Bearcats capture third-straight title
Bearcats cruise past Webber Township, start season 3-0
Thompsonville, Cobden, Waltonville post final day triumphs

11-28-15
BY JACK BULLOCK

CHRISTOPHER
- There are some high expectations for the Christopher Bearcats in 2015-16 and rightfully so.

Goals have been set for this veteran lineup and winning their own Thanksgiving Tournament the first week of the season was one of those.

Hardin County improves to 2-0
Cougars hold off Dongola; Seavers, Hudson both double-double in 71-61 win
Pope County, Crab Orchard also post Turkey Tourney triumphs

11-24-15
BY JACK BULLOCK
CRAB ORCHARD
 The Hardin County Cougars are in search of their second-consecutive Crab Orchard Thanksgiving Tournament.

They are also desperately seeking their shooting eye.

The ABV 2015-16 Preview
Hello Players, Fans and Coaches;
The 2015-16 ABV Preview is completed. You will notice there have been some changes.
Each team previewed has their own page. On the page you will find preview information and also the team's 2015-16 Varsity Schedule. Click on the Previews Link at the top of the page.
On the Preview page for each conference and the independents you simply click on the team name where it is underlined and the team page will open.
I have eliminated the schedules pages.
This will give advertisers more potential exposure throughout the basketball season and beyond.
The Preseason Rankings have also been posted. If you coaches see any mistakes in the schedules let me know. Yes this is a lot more work but it is what I wanted to do all along.
I have also noticed that my website tends to look better with the Mozilla Firefox browser as apposed to Internet Explorer.
I hope you enjoy the Preview.
See you at the Gym!!!
Jack