LITCHFIELD INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Nokomis "tops" Toppers
Redskins move to final four, 44-43; Civic Memorial, Mt. Zion, Taylorville triumph

01-17-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
LITCHFIELD – For the Nokomis Redskins, the way they play basketball never really changes from year-to-year under long time head coach Steve Kimbro.

Even though the faces and names change, the 1-2-2 zone defense and .....

Tigers shoot down Woodlawn
Nessler nails eight 3-pointers, Spell adds double-double, Herrin wins 66-51

01-14-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
HERRIN – With a decided height advantage, the Herrin Tigers had intended on pounding the ball inside against the smaller Woodlawn Cardinals in their annual Saturday night January contest.

But when they struggled to breech the Woodlawn 1-3-1 defense, Coach Mike Mooneyham saw his club go to an outside attack.

Sesser-Valier "blows" past Tornadoes
Red Devils use big second quarter, roll to 85-56 triumph

01-14-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER – Putting together a great second quarter on Saturday afternoon, the Sesser-Valier Red Devils erased whatever momentum that their opponents had after the first eight minutes.

Visiting Zeigler-Royalton, behind an outside scoring offensive, took a 19-18 lead at the end of the first period of play.

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Jack
Hornets handle DQ
Nashville shuts down Indians, Kemp powers inside for 19-points in win

01-12-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
OKAWVILLE – The Nashville Hornets had some issues offensively on Thursday night against SIRR Mississippi Division rival Du Quoin in a contest moved up a day because of the impending ice storm that is expected on Friday in southern Illinois.

Coach Brad Weathers, however, had one key determining factor which is .....

South Central edges Hatchets
Cougars rally with 15-1 third quarter run, overcome fourth quarter trouble
Markley nails game winning 3-pointer, adds late free throw for NTC triumph

01-10-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
FARINA
- On Tuesday night in a key matchup at home against Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg, the South Central Cougars made a big run in the third quarter to take command and then held on for dear life the rest of the way.

Coach Jamie VanScyoc saw his troops put together a 15-1 move to take the .....

Century outworks JC
Centurions control the glass, hold off Indians' rallies, 69-63

01-09-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
ULIN
- The very first possession of Monday night's contest against Century on the road turned out to be a bad omen for Johnston City and their head coach Jerry Hampleman.

With the Centurions having the ball and the Indians on defense, Century missed four consecutive shots but grabbed all four of the rebounds.

The Pairings for the GEC Tournament have been released. Cick on the Tournaments Link to view.
The Pairings for the Pinckneyville Showcase have been released. Click on the Shootouts Link to view.
Rockets edge Nashville
Okawville uses 9-0 to get 69-63 win; improve to 13-2

01-06-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
OKAWVILLE
Heading into Saturday night's game at Washington County rival Okawville, coach Brad Weathers and his Nashville Hornets weren't in the best of moods after dropping a tough decision on the road at Pinckneyville on Friday night.

By the end of their contest on Saturday, the mood wasn't any better.

Hardin County hammers Demons
Cougars never look back in lopsided win over winless Dongola

01-05-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
DONGOLA
After beginning their season 2-8, including not winning a game in either of their first two tournaments, the Hardin County Cougars were looking for some success when they opened the second half of their regular season schedule on Thursday night at Dongola.

Foxes beat buzzer, CM
Oakley Dial nets 27-points, nails 30-footer for 55-52 win

01-03-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
MCLEANSBORO
- In a season in which wins have been tough to come by for the Hamilton County Foxes, it helps when a senior can step up and deliver a victory.

On Tuesday night Hamilton County turned to veteran guard Oakley Dial .....

DONGOLA CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT
Joppa takes tourney title
Rangers rally past Elverado, force three-way tie, win championship with tiebreaker

12-30-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
DONGOLA
 The popular tee-shirt slogan that has been all the rage in the past year was a fitting epitaph for the final game of the 5th annual Dongola Christmas Round-Robin.

Coach Zach Essex and his Joppa Rangers can now put a .....

VANDALIA HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Bulldogs "scorch" Pana for title
St. Anthony finishes VHT 5-0 with victory; Patoka holds off Flora for third

12-29-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
VANDALIA
It's doubtful that the Effingham St. Anthony Bulldogs could have played a better game than they did Thursday night in the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

In a rematch from a game earlier in the week in Pool A, a contest in which .....

PINCKNEYVILLE "DUSTER THOMAS HOOPS CLASSIC"
Panthers were "up to the challenge"
Pinckneyville rallies late for title game win over Benton; Carterville takes third

12-28-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
PINCKNEYVILLE -
At halftime of the championship game of the 10th annual Duster Thomas Hoops Classic, Pinckneyville Panthers head coach Bob Waggoner wasn't happy at all.

His club wasn't playing up to the level in which he wanted and he let his club know about it in the lockerroom as his Panthers trailed 29-22 at the break after .....

SESSER-VALIER HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Woodlawn keeps title hopes alive
Cardinals survive foul trouble, advance past Meteors, 52-44
Waltonville, Christopher, Sesser-Valier join Cardinals in semifinals

12-27-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER
Playing without one of their key players in the first half of their quarterfinal game on Tuesday afternoon against Marissa-Coulterville, the Woodlawn Cardinals were ripe for an upset at the 36th annual Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament.


Coach Brian Gamber saw his senior leader Blake Wollerman go to the bench .....

VANDALIA HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
St. A romps past Vandals
Bulldogs begin VHT 2-0; Pana also 2-0; Patoka holds off Shelbyville

12-26-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
VANDALIA – If there was any doubt who the top-seeded team was coming into the 45th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament, there was little doubt after Monday's opening contests.

The Effingham St. Anthony Bulldogs took no prisoners with two .....

VANDALIA HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Bulldogs earn top-seed
St. Anthony awarded favorites' role in 45th annual event

12-26-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
VANDALIA - For the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, the 46th annual that begins on Monday morning, the initial story-line is not about who is there; it is about who is missing.


Four teams from last season, 2015 champion Altamont, Greenville, South Central and St. Elmo-Brownstown are no longer .....

Pinckneyville pounds A-J
Panthers force 23-turnovers, roll to 73-37 SIRR Mississippi Division victory

12-23-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
ANNA
- The winning formula for the Pinckneyville Panthers has always been the same. It begins and ends on the defensive end of the floor.

Friday night's 73-37 domination of Anna-Jonesboro was never in doubt at any time as Coach Bob Waggoner's Panthers put together a complete performance in improving to 7-1 on the season.

Flora tops Bearcats in OT
Wolves rally late, edge Christopher for second win

12-22-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER
The Flora Wolves came into Thursday night's make up game with Christopher desperately needing a victory.

Coach Phil Leib's club have suffered through some tough times .....

ST. ELMO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Vandals survive scare
St. Elmo-Brownstown rally falls short, Vandalia wins championship

12-21-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO – For the first three quarters of Wednesday night's championship game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament the Vandalia Vandals could do no wrong.

They dominated every category and were in complete control in a contest that wasn't one. Coach Brian Buscher saw his club take an early 10-2 lead and expanded the .....

Waltonville wins fifth straight game
Spartans use 17-4 run to build big lead, cruise to 61-46 triumph

12-20-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WALTONVILLE
- The 2016-17 season didn't get off to a great start for the Waltonville Spartans but things have gotten a lot better since.
Coach Tyler Mitchell has witnessed a stark improvement in his club after a 1-2 beginning of the campaign.
After losses to Wayne City and Webber Township at the .....

Blackcats parade past Cobden
Goreville shakes off layoff rust, pulls away from Appleknockers late, 77-67

12-19-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
COBDEN
- Because of scheduling and inclement weather, the Goreville Blackcats were on a sabbatical of sorts.
Having not played a basketball game since December 3 in their own invitational tournament, Coach Todd Tripp's team took a long time to get the offense going in its matchup on the road against Cobden Monday night.

CONRAD ALLEN WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Warriors win WCHT
Defensive effort overcomes offensive issues in 41-40 triumph

12-17-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – It wasn't an offensive “gem” of a game for the Patoka Warriors on Saturday after in the title game of the Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament.

However the defensive effort shined like a “diamond” as the Warriors came up with the big stops late in the contest to take home the “gold.”

CONRAD ALLEN WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Patoka outlasts Trojans
Cain, Belcher come up big in Warriors victory
Red Hill's Vinsel nets 47-points in win over Cisne; Fairfield JV tops Grayville

12-14-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – As the old saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

In their contest against Webber Township at the Wayne City Holiday Tournament on Wednesday night, Patoka was in trouble in the early part of the fourth quarter.
The Warriors had given up a lead after committing four turnovers in the first 1:12 of play as Webber took at 42-37 lead.

ST. ELMO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Bobcats hold off Aces
CH-BC edges MG, 67-64; Host Eagles wallop Clay City, 91-19

12-13-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO – Cowden-Herrick-Beecher City made a ton of mistakes on Tuesday night in their quarterfinal game against Mulberry Grove at the 57th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
But late in the contest the good finally outweighed the bad as they managed to do enough things right on this cold night to get a victory to advance to the semifinals.

ST. ELMO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Eagles host talented teams
57th annual event has newcomers Cumberland, Vandalia

12-13-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO – The top-seed St. Elmo-Brownstown will have its hands full as the 57th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament begins on Tuesday night.
A strong field, with the addition of two 2A teams this year, highlight what could be a very good tournament, especially on the final day.

The 36th annual Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament bracket has been posted
CONRAD ALLEN WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Red Hill handles Webber to win opener
Wayne City stays unbeaten, Patoka, Crab Orchard suffer first day upsets

12-10-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – The Red Hill Salukis have played against some tough competition this season and that seasoning paid off in its first game of the 63rd annual Conrad Allen Holiday Tournament on Saturday against one of the tourney favorites Webber Township.
Coach Bryan Havill has a strong backcourt leader named Kameron Vinsel who has been in a lot of big games in his four-year career.

CONRAD ALLEN WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Wayne City hosts balanced field

12-10-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – The 63rd annual Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament will begin on December 10 with a field of eight teams vying for the title with at least seven of the teams with a legitimate shot at the championship.

The tournament will feature three teams that have already won tournament titles this season.

Altamont shuts down Cougars
Indians blanket South Central, improve to 4-3 on the season
Cornett, Childerson power Altamont inside offensive attack

12-09-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
FARINA
- Altamont head coach John Niebrugge knows, like most basketball coaches have found out over the years, that on nights when the offense isn't there the defense should make up the difference. On Friday in the their conference opener at South Central, the Indians made up for their rough going with the ball by making things even tougher on the hosts when they had 'the rock'.

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. On Wednesday night in their first ever Black Diamond West Division game, the Vienna Eagles went on the road and became a royal pain to their hosts. After not playing a game since November 26th, the Eagles could have came out flat on this night.

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 to an early lead and never allowed Midland Trail Conference sibling Odin back in the contest.
The Trojans were in no mood to “help a brother out” on Tuesday night, jumping out to a 14-1 advantage in route to a 67-49 win over the Eagles in the league .....

Vandalia Holiday Tournament Pairings Have Been Released.
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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.
Coach Brad Weathers' club wasn't perfect on this night, but his 4-0 club had very few flaws.
In the victory the Hornets committed just three turnovers and, despite missing three consecutive free throws in the final quarte .....

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 in the same way.
With a very fast start.
Jumping out to a quick lead with a torrential downpour of .....
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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. On Wednesday night the Warriors got a breather of sorts as they took care of Shawnee in quick fashion. Steeleville led from the outset, with only a couple of ties early, and romped to a 72-17 victory with a continuous clock being used in the fourth quarter. The Warriors .....

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, Johnston City showed the kind of effort and enthusiasm he has been looking for since he took over the job four years ago.
They got off to a good beginning and closed the deal in .....

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.

Despite doing a lot of things well on the floor on Monday night DQ made too many costly mistakes, especially late in the game, when they had .....

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.
Coach Greg Feezel's club blistered the Warriors in the early going, hitting 6-of-8 3-point attempts while taking an 11-point lead at the end of the first .....

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 hit some big shots for his program all throughout his prep career.
But his shot on Friday night to beat the buzzer in overtime against Waltonville in the semifinals of the Christopher Thanksgiving Tournament topped them all.

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.
However the host Trojans, after a few minutes of cold shooting in the first quarter, quickly heated up. Missing their first eight shots from beyond the arc, the Trojans struggled.

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.
Getting a strong performance from their young backcourt early their veteran frontcourt at the end, the Lions improved their record to 3-0 to begin the season following a .....

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.
But for head coach Zach Essex and his Joppa Rangers, the learning curve is getting smaller by the day. Jumping out to a early lead, the Rangers held off a second half rally from Pope County and survived a last-second field goal attempted the hit the rim and .....

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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