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Blackcats go 4-0 to win inaugural Goreville Invitational

Posted December 5, 2012 by Mike McGinnis in Sports

The Goreville Blackcats pose with their tournament trophy Saturday, Dec. 1, after having come back in the final minutes to defeat Benton 57-53 and claim the title of Goreville’s first ever Invitational Tournament. The Blackcats finished 4-0 defeating Egyptian, Johnston City and Anna-Jonesboro at the tournament before closing with the win over Benton.

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.