Blackcats go 4-0 to win inaugural Goreville Invitational
The Goreville High School boy’s basketball team wrapped up the first ever Goreville Invitational Tournament last Saturday with a 57-53 come from behind win over Benton. Goreville won the tourney championship with a 4-0 record. Up next for Goreville: Saturday (Dec. 8) vs. Gallatin County at SIU, 4 p.m.; Tuesday (Dec. 11) at Carterville, 6:15 p.m.
Benton had an 18-15 lead after one quarter, then extended their lead to 39-26 at halftime. The Blackcats picked up their defense in the third quarter, holding Benton to five points, to narrow the gap to 44-38 heading into the fourth period. Goreville outscored the Rangers 19-9 in the final frame for the win. Zeke Snell tallied 13 points to lead Goreville, while Benton’s Nathaniel Higgins topped all scorers with 22 points.
Scoring for Goreville: Snell-13; Andros-10; Gray-10; Tripp-10; Cavins-8; Russell-6.
The Blackcats breezed to an 81-41 win over Anna-Jonesboro in their second round tournament game on Tuesday of last week. Goreville jumped out to a 23-9 first quarter lead. By halftime the Blackcats had increased their lead to 48-19, and they stayed in control the rest of the way.
Blake Gray led all scorers with 24 points, while Tyler Vaughn had 13 points for A-J. The Cats hit 10 three-pointers, with J.T Russell and Dayton Tripp making three each.
Scoring for Goreville: Gray-24; Russell-13; Andros-10; Tripp-10; Cavins-6; Patterson-4; Snell-4; Dunn-3; Messmer-3; Lanham-2; Melot-2.
On Friday night, the Blackcats notched their third win of the tournament by defeating Johnston City, 64-41. The score was tied at 7-7 when Dayton Tripp hit two straight three pointers and Kyefer Cavins made a lay-up to put Goreville ahead 15-7 with 1:25 left in the first quarter. The Cats led 17-10 at the end of the period. The Indians came back to take a 24-22 lead at the 1:50 mark of the second quarter. From there, two free throws by Tripp and a three pointer by Shon Messmer gave Goreville a 27-24 lead. After a Johnston City bucket, Cavins hit a three from the corner at the buzzer, to put the Cats ahead 30-26 at the half.
Goreville scored the first six points of the third quarter on a steal and lay-up by J.T Russell, a lay-up by Blake Gray, and a put back of an offensive rebound by Alex Andros. With 3:41 left in the period, Tripp hit another three and Gray scored on a lay-up, to boost Goreville’s lead to 45-32. The Cats led 50-36 going into the final frame, where they outscored Johnston City 14-5 for the win.
Cavins and Tripp led Goreville in scoring with 13 points each. Johnston City’s Jake Davison led all scorers with 14 points.
Scoring for Goreville: Cavins-13; Tripp-13; Andros-9; Russell-8; Gray-7; Snell-7; Lanham-4; Messmer-3.