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Blackcats claim West Frankfort Winter Classic title

Posted January 23, 2013 by Mike McGinnis in Sports
The Goreville Blackcats defeated Johnston City, Anna-Jonesboro, Herrin, and Carterville to win the Championship in their first year at the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic tournament.  Seniors Dayton Tripp and Blake Gray and Junior Zeke Snell were named to the All-Tournament Team and Snell was named MVP of the Tournament.  ~ photo courtesy Tenia Calhoon

The Goreville Blackcats defeated Johnston City, Anna-Jonesboro, Herrin, and Carterville to win the Championship in their first year at the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic tournament. Seniors Dayton Tripp and Blake Gray and Junior Zeke Snell were named to the All-Tournament Team and Snell was named MVP of the Tournament. ~ photo courtesy Tenia Calhoon

The Goreville High School boy’s basketball squad won the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic tournament last Saturday by defeating Carterville, 63-53.  The victory improved the Blackcats season record to 15-3.  Goreville’s Zeke Snell was named tournament MVP.  Alex Andros and Dayton Tripp also were chosen for the all-tournament team.  The Cats play Zeigler-Royalton at home this Friday with tip-off at 6:15 p.m.  They travel to Pinckneyville for the Panther Showcase tourney on Saturday, then return home for a key BDC contest with Chester next Tuesday.

West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic tournament MVP Zeke Snell shoots over Carterville’s Tyler Horn helping to lead the Blackcats to a tournament title.  ~ photo by William Bateman, courtesy Courier/Independent

West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic tournament MVP Zeke Snell shoots over Carterville’s Tyler Horn helping to lead the Blackcats to a tournament title. ~ photo by William Bateman, courtesy Courier/Independent

Against Carterville, the Cats had a 30-19 lead at halftime and their 11 point cushion was still intact (44-33) going into the fourth quarter.  The Lions got within six (56-50) late in the game, but Goreville held on for the win.   Goreville’s Blake Gray scored a game high 17 points, while Blake Watson had 12 points to lead Carterville.

Scoring for Goreville: Gray-17; Andros-14; Cavins-8; Snell-8; Tripp-7; Russell-6; Belcher-3.

After beating Johnston City in their opening round game, the Blackcats defeated Herrin in second round action on Tuesday of last week, by the score of 65-43.  Goreville led 21-17 at the half, then began to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring the Tigers 23-14, to take a 44-31 lead into the fourth quarter.  Zeke Snell topped all scorers with 26 points, while Justin Lukens tallied 15 points for Herrin.

Scoring for Goreville: Snell-26; Tripp-12; Cavins-8; Russell-8; Andros-6; Gray-3; Belcher-2.

Last Friday, the Blackcats advanced to Saturday’s  tourney championship contest by defeating Anna-Jonesboro, 75-63.  Goreville was behind 19-14 after the first quarter, but the Cats outscored A-J 24-6 in the second period to take a 38-25 lead into halftime.  Goreville was ahead 53-43 at the start of the final frame and stayed in control for the win.  Zeke Snell led five Blackcats in double figures with a game high 19 points.  Zach Parr had 18 points to lead A-J.

Scoring for Goreville: Snell-19; Cavins-13; Tripp-13; Gray-10; Russell-10; Andros-6; Belcher-2; Patterson-2.