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Cobden picks up big road win
Appleknockers' return trip to West Frankfort ends in 62-54 win
01-18-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
WEST FRANKFORT – It had been a long time since a Cobden Appleknockers' boy's basketball team had stepped onto the hardwood floor of Max Morris Gymnasium.

How long was it you might ask?

It was Tuesday night, March 17, 1964, to be exact.

Chester advances to title game
Yellow Jackets never trail in 62-47 win over Saxony Lutheran
Valmeyer moves to consolation title game, 61-27 over Shawnee
01-16-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHESTER - Basketball has always been considered a game of scoring runs.

On Thursday night at the Chester Invitational Tournament, the host Yellow Jackets' runs were bigger and better.

The hosts will now have a chance on Saturday night to defend its CIT championship.

Steeleville stays Cahokia unbeaten
Warriors put away Red Bud, 50-34; 5-0 in Kaskaskia Division
01-14-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
RED BUD - The Steeleville Warriors, so far in 2019-20, have dominated the Cahokia Conference Kaskaskia Division.

Coach Aaron Fiene's club improved to 5-0 in the league with a 50-34 win Tuesday night on the road at Red Bud.

M-C takes down Odin
Meteors fly higher than Eagles, 53-41 in non-conference battle

01-13-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
MARISSA - On Monday night at home, the Marissa-Coulterville Meteors did just enough to pick up a pretty good victory over another highly regarded 1A team as head coach Scott Wine's club improved to 11-5 on the season.

But the triumph was anything but easy.

01-13-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
After kind of dull week things heated back up in the second week of the New Year.

ABV got to see a few additional teams to perhaps clear things up.


Central A&M powers past T-Town
Raiders overcome tought start, romp to 80-64 win.
Neoga, Newton, Effingham, Paris, Dieterich all post victories
01-11-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
EFFINGHAM – Great teams over the years, in any sport you care to choose, night after night, game after game, are able to overcome adversity.

Especially when you wear a bullseye each time you step on the floor.

The ABV Top Ranked 1A team and state ranked Central A&M Raiders .....

Nokomis rolls past EAWR
Redskins win fifth straight game, 59-24, Record now stands at 6-5
01-08-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
WOOD RIVER - The Nokomis Redskins' boy's basketball program is one of the few in the state that doesn't participate in a holiday tournament.

So coming into this week, Coach Steve Kimbro's club hadn't played a game since December 20th.

After a very “sluggish” 39-24 win over Litchfield on Tuesday night, the Redskins traveled .....

Indians' defense makes difference
Wayne City holds on for 46-38 non-conference win over NCOE
McKinney, Taylor, Dickey lead balanced attack
01-07-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
NORRIS CITY - The Wayne City Indians picked up an important road win on Tuesday night as they traveled to Norris City-Omaha-Enfield to snag a 46-38 triumph.

On a night when they offense wasn't exactly pretty, the Indians' defense stood out like a “lime green road worker's vest” as the club improved to 9-6 on the season.

01-06-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
There wasn't much movement for this week's rankings as many of the top teams were idle for a few days after the holiday tournament season.

In 1A, Dieterich dropped out of the top ten after a loss at the .....

Host Cardinals romp past Webber Township
North Clay leads from the start in 73-29 shootout finale victory
01-04-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
LOUISVILLE – While the first seven games of the North Clay Shootout were relatively close games, the nightcap was anything but a “nail biter.”

The host Cardinals “took no prisoners” with a lopsided 73-29 romp over Webber Township to close the day.

Herrin overcomes tough start
Tigers storm back with fourth quarter scoring burst, top Massac County 69-59
01-03-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
Herrin – The Herrin Tigers got off to such a hapless start offensively that it even messed up the varsity cheerleaders' normal routine.

As each game begins at home, the Tigers' cheer squad set up around the court and, when the Tigers score their first field goal, the cheerleaders then toss an orange Herrin tee shirt into the crowd.

01-01-2020
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Holiday Tournaments, Thankgiving Tournaments and Post-Thankgiving Tournaments are now history.

Champs have been crowned and an abundance of trophies have been handed out like .....

Goreville wins SVHT
Blackcats "win-dex" championship, 74-65 over Altamont
Marissa-Coulterville, Sesser-Valier, Sparta snag hardware
12-30-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
If you are looking for one stat that gave the Goreville Blackcats a 74-65 victory over Altamont to win the 39th annual Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament championship, look no further than the rebounding totals.

Coach Todd Tripp's Cats pounded the boards on Monday night, grabbing 16 offensive rebounds on their way to a dominating 36-18 overall edge.

Pharaohs take home top prize
Egyptian goes 3-0, Trexler reaches 2K career points
12-28-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
Dongola – The Egyptian Pharaohs were on the verge of winning the Dongola Christmas Tournament last December after winning it's first two games.

All they needed to do was to triumph over Joppa-Maple Grove in the finale.

But Coach Allen Pearman saw his club “stub its toes” against the Rangers, forcing a ....

Murphysboro falls in third place game
Red Devils' tank hits "empty" in 81-53 loss to Lutheran North
DuQuoin, Cairo drop trophy games on final day
12-29-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
CARBONDALE – The Murphysboro Red Devils suffered a heart wrenching 63-61 overtime loss to St. Mary (MO.) in the semifinals of the 56th annual Carbondale Holiday Tournament Sunday afternoon.

Coach Daryl Murphy's disappointed squad gave it a go in the third place game against St. Louis (MO.) Lutheran North a few hours later but things didn't go so well.

DT Championship stays at home
Host Panthers cruise past Woodlawn in title game victory
Mt. Carmel, Olney, Chester among final day winners
12-28-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
PINCKNEYVILLE – As each game goes forward, Pinckneyville senior guard Dawson Yates continues to show how important he is to his Panthers' success story for 2019-20.

The 6-foot-2 three year starter scored 16 points, handed out six assists and drilled home 8-of-8 free throws his team defended their 2018 tournament championship with a 68-42 rout of Woodlawn in the title game on Saturday night at the Duster Thomas “Hoops Classic.”

Mater Dei, Nashville post wins Friday
Knights take care of Okawville; Hornets put away Wesclin
12-27-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
BREESE – It's been nine seasons since the Mater Dei Knights claimed the title of their own holiday tournament.

Coach Ron Schadegg's has his team in the running after two days of the 59th annual event.

It wasn't easy to say the least, but the Knights are sitting at 3-0 in Pool B after .....

Hawks hold off South Central
Macon Meridian finishes Day 1 at 2-0; Pana also wins both of its games
Vandalia, Okaw Valley also stay unbeaten in pool play event
12-26-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
VANDALIA – For Macon Meridian head coach Shannon Houser, the third quarter of his team's second game on Thursday at the 48th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament could have been a really bad omen for his relatively young team.

After leading for most of the first half and holding a 34-27 spread at halftime, the Hawks came out flat in the second half of its second contest of the day.

The 39th annual looks strong
Goreville, Christopher, Altamont, Marissa-Coulterville loom large
Cobden, host Red Devils, Odin, Sparta round out the top eight
12-25-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER-VALIER – For the first time since 2001, the Sesser-Valier Red Devils will come into their own holiday tournament as the defending champions.

Last season the Red Devils beat Marissa-Coulterville in the championship game, 57-54, to win their first SVHT title since 2000.

Indians roll past Hillsboro
Eirhart, Jarhaus pace Altamont in 67-50 win; Tribe remains undefeated
12-23-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
ALTAMONT – On Monday night the Altamont Indians triumph over Hillsboro turned out to be “The Kaden and Aiden Show.”

Six-foot-two junior guard Kaden Eirhart and 5-foot-11 senior guard Aiden Jahraus put on an offensive show as they led the Indians past the Hiltoppers, 67-50 in a non-conference contest that was a tuneup for this coming holiday tournament season for both teams.

North Clay claims WCHT title
Cardinals' rally past Crab Orchard, 70-62, take home first WC title since 1980
Cisne, Wayne City, Webber Township post final day wins
12-21-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – For the 2019-20 season head coach Josh Zink decided to play some early tough competition to get his team ready for bigger and better things.

Taking on a “Murderer's Row” of state ranked teams produced an 0-3 record after three contests.

The dividends started paying off this week at the 66th annual Conrad Allen Wayne City .....

St. Anthony stays unbeaten
Bulldogs rule the boards, win 66-49; Dust gets double-double
12-20-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
DIETERICH – Getting defensive stops is an important product of every successful basketball program.

But if you can't keep the other team from getting second and third chances, the results usually end up in the favor of your opponent.

Crab Orchard advances to championship game
Trojans "clean the glass" in 54-46 win over Webber Township
North Clay, Cisne also also stay alive; Cardinals, Lions set to clash Friday night
12-19-2019
The Crab Orchard Trojans will play in their first Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament championship game since 2014 after their 54-46 win over Webber Township on Thursday night .

Coach Jon Brown's program has won two WCHT championships (2009, 2011) and will go for number three Saturday night at 7:30 pm after winning Pool A with a 3-0 mark.

The Trojans are now 12-1 on the season.

Pirates "sail" past W/SS
Cumberland handles Hatchets; Host Eagles, Patoka also advance
12-18-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO – “It's really nice to get back to .500.”

That was one of the first things that Cumberland head coach Justin Roedl said after his team's 58-40 win in the opening round of the 60th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament on Wednesday night.

Shaking off the rust of inactivity since having no practice or games since last Friday's win .....

Red Devils romp past JC
Bates, Gunter, Kirk pace S-V in 45-25 conquest
12-17-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER-VALIER – It seems like every year the Sesser-Valier Red Devils have someone who can take on a scoring role for the team.

So far in 2019-20, the spot has been filled by 6-foot-1 senior veteran Peyton Bates.

Bates on Tuesday night, in a non-league home contest against Johnston City, led the .....

Crab Orchard out-guns host Indians
Trojans go the distance in 83-69 win over Wayne City
North Clay, Gallatin County, Cisne also post opening wins
BY JACK BULLOCK
While the first three games of the 66th annual Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament were defensive minded, low scoring contests, the match up between Crab Orchard and the hosts was anything but.

The Trojans and Wayne City combined for an NBA like 124 field goal attempts in a 32 minute game nearly identical results.

Mules "manhandle" Eldorado
Fairfield romps to 74-40 BDC win; improves to 6-1
12-13-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
FAIRFIELD – The Eldorado Eagles and head coach Josh Bradley arrived in Fairfield for their conference matchup with the Mules riding a seven-game winning streak.

After the first few minutes of action Friday, there was zero chance win number eight was going to happen on this night.

66th annual event starts Saturday
Host Indians, defending champs Red Hill, lead balanced field
North Clay, Crab Orchard look strong
12-13-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – The phrase “wide open” is often used in an assessment of a upcoming tournament and high school basketball is no different.

If you put that moniker on the 66th annual Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament, you wouldn't be wrong.

Cobden puts away Meridian late
Franklin (s), Brumleve lead Appleknockers to league road victory
12-10-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
MOUNDS – To even the most casual boy's high school basketball fan in the deep part of southern Illinois, the Mounds Meridian Bobcats have been “commander and chief” of South Egyptian Conference for the last decade.

With only one loss in just over 10 regular season league contests, this program dominated regular season meetings.

Massac County completes sweep
Patriots win title, 68-59 over host Indians; Red Bud nips Cairo
12-07-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
DUQUOIN – Most championship basketball teams excel in the skills that it takes to win.

Usually they can rebound the ball, play strong defense to get important stops and hit free throws, especially in the clutch.

On Saturday night at the DuQuoin “Tip-Off Classic” Coach Joe Hosman's Massac County .....

Warriors spoil Cardinals' homecoming
Casey-Westfield rallies past North Clay, 74-56
BY JACK BULLOCK
Friday night's homecoming game against visiting Casey-Westfield couldn't have started any better for Coach Josh Zink and his North Clay Cardinals.

For the first few minutes and trips down the floor, the Cardinals took it right to the ABV 1A second-ranked Warriors.

They jumped on the visitors and took an early 9-0 lead which was triggered by junior .....

Woodlawn, Pinckneyville set for rematch
Cardinals hold off Okawville; Panthers wear down Freeburg
BY JACK BULLOCK
On Thursday night at the Carlyle “Kaskaskian Classic” the Woodlawn Cardinals jumped out to an early lead and held off a rally by Okawville to move into their second consecutive title game in this, the 21st annual event.

The Cardinals hit their free throws (11-of-11) with nine-straight made tosses in the fourth quarter to win Pool B by going 3-0 to earn a shot at the title.

Trico tops Sparta
Lodge, Cleland lead Pioneers to win, 51-39; Steeleville holds off Galatia
BY JACK BULLOCK
On Wednesday night at the Trico Invitational Tournament the host Pioneers jumped out to an energetic early lead with a near flawless first quarter and survived a near meltdown in the last three frames to secure a 51-39 triumph over rival Sparta to improve to 2-0 in the event and also the young season.

Six-foot-three sophomore Wilson Lodge was a beast on the inside, when he wasn't on the bench with foul trouble.

Christopher takes home top prize
MVP Motsinger leads Bearcats to 75-69 title game triumph
NCOE, Waltonville, Webber post final day wins
11-30-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER – For junior guard Gabe Motsinger, it couldn't get much better on Saturday night in the title game of the 45th annual Christopher Thanksgiving Tournament.

With head coach Eric Stallman and the rest of the near sellout crowd looking on, the 5-foot-11 senior guard, playing in his final CTT game, put on a show.